Learning at Ethelred


Play is the key

Well planned play is the key way children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the early years. This happens in different situations, different groups, sometimes quietly or sometimes noisily, together or alone, outside and inside. In line with government guidelines, our planning and assessment of activities and experiences are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, drawn up by the Department of Education (to read the document online, click here) which “sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that all children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe”. (DfE 2014).

Our practice is informed by the principles that:

  • every child is a unique and competent learner;
  • positive relationships are important and help children to be strong and independent;
  • the learning environment plays a key role in supporting and extending learning;
  • children develop and learn in different ways, at different rates and that all learning and development are equally important.

At Ethelred children have the freedom and time to:
  • feel good about their own learning
  • imagine and pretend
  • take risks and make mistakes
  • practice and develop approaches, ideas and skills
  • develop self-confidence and independence
  • take responsibility, make decisions and choices
  • express their feelings
  • be listened to
  • make sense of the world around them
  • make a mess (and later tidy up!)
  • communicate in different ways
  • persevere and try again
  • think and concentrate
  • follow their interests over an extended period of time
  • develop relationships and a sense of belonging.

For more information about your child's learning, please click here.