The aim of Network Foundation 1 is to give children between the ages of two and three years a safe and happy environment, where they can grow in confidence and independence in preparation not only for school but for life. In Foundation 1 we believe that every child is an individual and that by nurturing their uniqueness through play and creative expression, they will continue to grow and blossom into confident and enthusiastic learners.
Foundation 2 and 3
In Foundation 2 and 3 the UK Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is followed. There are seven areas of learning and development and they are all important and interconnected.
There are three prime areas crucial for igniting childrens’ curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
Communication and Language
Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups, and to have confidence in their own abilities.
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. This will prepare children for the National Curriculum when they progress into Key Stage 1 in the Primary School.
The specific areas are:
Involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.