Prime areas of Development

A Unique child

Babies and young children are first and foremost individuals, with unique personalities and a variety of abilities. Ideally, schedules and routines should flow with the child’s needs and not be tailored to meet the needs of adults. Our planning for all children starts with talking to parents and carers and spending time with and observing in order to understand and consider children’s current interests, development and learning preferences.

Positive relationships

The foundations for learning start when children feel safe, secure and happy. Building a strong and trusting relationship with a child helps practitioners to know how best to plan for their learning. They take into account: preferences, learning style, home culture and development stage.

Early Years Foundation Stage

At Sticky Faces we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life. We believe it is our role to provide the support that will allow them to fulfil their potential. Good parenting, together with high quality early learning, provides the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities sand talents as they grow up.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school. It gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provides a solid foundation for good future progress through school and life. 

There are seven areas of learning and development grouped into two categories: prime areas and specific areas. All these are important and interconnected.

Prime Areas

This helps children to:

  • Develop a positive sense of themselves and others
  • Form positive relationships and develop respect for others
  • Develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings
  • Understand appropriate behaviour in groups
  • Have confidence in their abilities.

This helps children to:

  • Experience a rich language environment
  • Develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves
  • Speak and listen in a range of situations

This provides children the opportunity to:

  • Be active and interactive
  • Develop their co-ordination, control and movement
  • Understand the importance of physical activity
  • Make healthy choice in relation to food

Specific Areas

This encourages children to:

  • Link sounds and letters
  • To begin to read and write

This gives children opportunities to:

  • Develop and improve their counting skills
  • Understand and use numbers
  • Calculate simple addition subtraction problems
  • Describe shapes, spaces and measures

This helps children to:

  • Make sense of their physical world and their community
  • Explore, observe and learn about people, places, technology and the environment

This involves enabling children to:

  • Explore and play with a wide range of media and materials
  • Share their thoughts and feelings through art, music, movement, dance, role play, design and technology

Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden

Language & Cognitive Skills

Between the ages of 3 and 5, a child’s vocabulary grows from 900 to 2,500 words, and her sentences become longer and more complex.

Opportunity for Growth

Nursery is an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in school years.

Social & Emotional Development

Young children learn social skills and emotional self-control in “real time.” In order to learn, a young child needs to feel cared for and secure with a teacher,

Develop Motor Skills

Young children are in motion for a good part of the day. Nursery programs provide several opportunities daily for children to run, climb, and play active games