Children in my setting are given the freedom to choose their toys and activities as well as having some directed and adult led activities. When children are involved in decision making from an early age this builds their self-esteem and emotional well-being. Routines and activities are planned to value and celebrate individuality, difference and diversity by recognising that all children have different strengths, talents and interests. Through observing younger children I can acknowledge particular interests and build on them by planning activities and providing experiences individual to them, as well as involving them in group activities with other children.
I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and provide toys and activities that support the main learning areas:
We regularly join in the local community by going to a childminding group, soft play, the park and many other enjoyable activities where they can play and socialise with other children.
Outdoor play - play, stimulation and excercise to develop gross motor skills
Arts, crafts and creativity - drawing and colouring with crayons, felt tips, chalks and pencils. Painting using brushes, sponges, printing with different materials, gluing and cutting out, play dough, sand and water play and cooking. Fun with construction sets, shape sorting, shape sorting, puzzles and games
Sensory/Messy play - children play and explore a range of household objects, natural naterials like sand and water, wood, different textured materials, jelly, shaving foam and cooked/uncooked pasta and many more encouraging children to use all their senses while exploring
Imaginative and make-believe play - learning about the world we live in by dressing up, small world play, farm animals, dolls house and garage/cars
Book corner - All children, no matter how young, have access to books at all times. We have a story time every day where we all enjoy sharing a book or two.
Baby toys - a wide range of baby toys from rattles to larger activity toys where babies can bounce and strengthen their larger muscles