Realising the Ambition is a document from the Scottish government which is based on Building the Ambition and Pre-Birth to Three. The centre use parts of these documents within the 2-3 room. It explores the range of different interactions, experiences and spaces within the child’s play and learning. Specifically looking at the communication, wellbeing of the child, their curiosity, inquiry and creativity. All these areas of development are important to promote at an early age to support the children to play and learn in the best possible way. The documents also focus on the different stages of a child’s life in terms of age perspectives and supporting each individual to meet their milestones. They also focus on child-centred play pedagogy, constantly responding to the individuals in terms of their needs and wants. Within the 2-3 room staff also support children to play and learn through schemas.
Curriculum for Excellence is a document that is used across Scotland for learning from ages 3-18 year olds, ranging from Early level to Third level. The aim of the document is to raise standards and prepare children for the future; learning and playing according to each child’s age and stage of development.
Curriculum for Excellence allows practitioners to educate children through play. There are 8 different curricular areas: Languages, Numeracy, Health & Wellbeing, Expressive Arts, Technologies, Sciences, Social Studies and Religion & Moral education. The staff at Clober Early Years Centre provide high quality provocations and stimulating learning environments for the children to explore the curriculum both indoors and outdoors. The children’s progress is assessed using the curriculum benchmarks.
This is when children repeat patterns of behaviour/actions. Practitioners are able to identify these behaviours as they explore the world around them and offer different opportunities to test the child’s thinking process. For example: Transporting is a schema where you will see a child carrying an item from one area to another, such as items from the home corner in a bag to the sand tray. Other schemas include: trajectory, enveloping, enclosing, rotational, connecting and orientation.
Children at Clober EYC have the opportunity to learn and play in the outdoor environment on a daily basis. We value the importance of providing the children with positive opportunities to explore the outdoors; both within the school grounds and extended community through walks in the local area or participation in the Forest School programme. As with indoors, outdoor learning represents all areas of the curriculum in different ways. Children can use natural materials, along with the elements to participate in exploratory play. We provide everything the children need for outdoor play including puddle suits, welly boots and sun hats to ensure we are meeting our Sun Safe Accreditation.