The Lechlade Playgroup was founded in 1971. Lechlade Playgroup had a humble beginning, starting in the spring of 1971. The first session took place with just 6 children but soon grew until there was a waiting list of children. In 1981 we acquired the building we now call home. In September 1982 the doors of the building opened for children and we have gone from strength to strength. In 1997 Lechlade Playgroup became Lechlade Little Learners.
Lechlade Little Learners is a charity pre school and is funded partly by session fees and the Nursery Grant. Fundraising plays an important part of the running of our preschool, and parents are encouraged to participate in fundraising events.
Lechlade Little Learners aims to develop a child’s feeling of security, independence, self-worth and confidence in a stimulating environment where children can take pleasure in learning. During each session, we operate a free flow approach, which allows the children to be in control of what they would like to play with and where they would like to play. Staff setup provocations to interest and entice the children and allow their curiosity and imagination to run free. The children are also able to self select toys and resources through out the session. Both our indoor and outdoor areas help to support children in the seven areas of learning and development of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We always ensure the seven areas of learning and development are covered with the resources on offer and use our own knowledge of the children to develop learning experiences through out the day.
The 7 areas of learning and development in the EYFS
The children are observed throughout the day, and staff respond to their interests, using them to expand their play. We follow in-the-moment planning, which allows us to follow the child, support their learning through play, and develop that play and learning more. Following the children's interests makes each day different and engaging for all of the children.
When documenting observations we use an online journal called Famly, securely uploading videos and pictures of the children for their parents and careers.
In the moment planning and focus child
EYFS Curriculum Information:
Each day we are unsure of where the day will go, or exactly what learning will happen resulting in a sense of excitement and anticipation throughout the day. Children’s interests are very much ‘in the moment’ and this is why here at Little Learners we very much teach in the moment and our planning is often spontaneous. Planning in the moment is all about capturing the moment for children to progress based on what the children are already deeply involved in. From this we are able to see the ‘teachable moment’ from the child’s perspective and know when to intervene and when to stand back and observe. It is all about capturing the moment of engagement and running with it to make sure the children progress.
The teachable moment:
From the teachable moment the child feels valued, interesting, important, capable and able to learn as well as gaining knowledge, skills and understanding therefore making progress in one or even several areas of the Early Years Curriculum. We are able to gain a good understanding of the child’s knowledge, skills, attitude, understanding and progress.
This way of working means that most of our planning is in the moment (there is little forward planning as we are following the child’s lead). We use our observations and knowledge of the children to adjust our provision and ensure that activities and resources available are of interest to the children. We also have our resources available for children to be able to self select.
All observations made of the children are based on quality interactions between children or children and us teachers or record ‘wow moments’ when a child does something new for the first time. They will include any teaching that has taken place or progress that a child or group of children have made. Emphasis is highly placed on using ‘I wonder...’ statements e.g., ‘I wonder if...’, ‘I wonder what...’, ‘I wonder how...’. We feel that this approach to questioning is a lot less pressurising and allows the children to open up more readily. Parents are also asked to share any observations of ‘wow moments’ of their child(ren) at home by completing an observation on Famly or sending us a message which can then be added to a child's journal.
Instead of having focus activities, each week we have three or four focus children. Each child is a focus child at least once per term. We love for parents to contribute by sending us photos and wow moments from home. During each child’s focus week they will noticeably have more observations in their journals on which quality interactions and learning experiences are recorded.
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