Children’s Centres have a strong focus on school readiness and supporting families; and aim to support families in narrowing the gaps in child development; raise educational attainment at the end of the Reception Year in schools; and improve family health and wellbeing.
We aim to do this in partnership with schools, early years settings and other agencies; expectant and parents of young children; hence our wide range of activities and services for engagement before children start school.
We use the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) for 0-5-year-olds to focus on making sure children start school ready and able to learn. It emphasises three prime areas of learning to ensure children develop healthily and happily; and support the basic literacy skills they need for school. These prime areas are: personal, social and emotional development, physical development, and communication and language (Department for Education, 2011).There are also four specific areas to support children’s learning and development: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.
Staff members plan activities to support children’s interests, learning and development, and take photographs to capture these early years. In some groups, parents are encouraged to record observations of their children’s play, which are collected into Learning Journeys. These will be a lovely reminder in the future of when their children were young.