One of the expectations of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to provide access to outside for all children at all times. At Ladybirds our rooms are positioned in such a way that it makes this difficult.
However after a lot of thought, discussion and advice from Early Years Advisors we have come up with a solution. During certain times, children have the freedom to access any part of the building and garden enabling FREE FLOW.
During Core Hours (9.30 – 11.00 and 1.00pm – 2.30pm) the door from the Blue Room to the Green Room will be open. The Green Room doors to the garden will also be open. Tidying up times are 10.45 am to prepare for home time and lunch, and then 2.15pm again to prepare to go home. (Therefore free flow is in operation for approximately 1hr and 15mins).
This scheme operates regardless of the weather (so please dress your child appropriately).
Part of our contract with the Local Authority is to provide a ‘Quality Framework’. Included in this under the heading ‘Being Healthy’ is “All children have regular opportunities for physical play and activities indoors and outdoors”. Under ‘Enjoying and Achieving’ is “Indoor and outdoor provision is child centred enabling children to take initiatives and develop their independence and their own ideas”.
Focused Learning takes place between 9.00 – 9.30am, 11.00 -11.30am, 12.30-1.00pm, 2.30-3.00pm. This is a time where preschool children will focus more on the skills to prepare them for their future learning experiences. Children will explore letters and sounds, (with a strong emphasis on listening) mathematical problems, take part in group singing and story-time or go for a run on the field as well as get to know their keyworker.