Principle 3: The Enabling Environment
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
The Early Years environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Young children are individuals, each with a unique profile of abilities. We try and ensure that schedules and routines flow with your child’s needs. Planning within our Early Years starts with observing children in order to understand and consider their current interests, development and learning. Staff listen to and observe children to capitalise on opportunities to extend their learning.
The Early Years environment supports every child’s learning through planned experiences and activities that are challenging and achievable. At Throston we recognise that learning is a continuous journey through which children build on all the things they have already experienced. Every child’s learning takes a personal path based on their own individual interests, experiences and the curriculum on offer. Your child will participate in group activities and short lessons throughout the session/school day. These will be based on the Early Learning Goals which are identified in the new Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
A rich and varied environment supports children’s learning and development. It gives them the confidence to explore and learn in secure and safe, yet challenging, indoor and outdoor spaces.
The Indoor Environment
At Throston the indoor environment has received an extensive refurbishment. This is an ongoing project which includes adapting the former Children’s Centre to make it an integral part of the Early Years, with a Jolly Jungle room for group work. It provides a stimulating learning environment which will encourage your child to explore, investigate and learn through first hand experience. It has a home corner, role play area, creative areas, construction areas, sand and water play areas, book and rhyme areas, writing
areas, a dough and clay area, a numeracy area, an investigation and nature area, a sensory area,
– as well as, access to computing, small world and music and sound making. The children also
have regular use of other school spaces such as the school hall and the computing suite.
The Outdoor Environment
At Throston we recognise that the outdoor environment is just as important as the indoor environment. Being outdoors has a positive impact on your child’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of your child’s development. Our outdoor environment has been landscaped to meet the needs of Early Years Foundation Stage and allows all the areas of learning to be addressed. Your child will have as many
opportunities to learn outdoors as indoors. Children are given the opportunity to access the outdoor
environment during each session/school day.
We have recently added an outdoor classroom, called ‘The Den’ for working outdoor, either on child
initiated activities or adult led activities.
It is essential that your child comes to school prepared for all weathers.
- A warm coat, hat, gloves and scarf.
- Sensible school shoes.
- Please provide your children with a pair of named wellies that can be left at school at all times.
- A protective sunhat.
- Sensible school shoes
- Water Bottle (Reception)
- Children should also have sun block applied before they come to school.
At Throston we understand that the best way to support and help a child reach their full potential is by working in partnership with other settings, professionals and groups within the community. We ensure that parents are kept informed about their child’s learning and we liaise with other professionals that may be involved in a child’s care or development.