From the age of two onwards, your child’s needs are changing and their need for independence is becoming more prevalent. Our childcare facilities, with fun, stimulating environments, both indoor and outdoor, encourage the expansion of new skills with learning activities focusing on individual children’s needs and stages of development.
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Learning through play
Throughout your child’s time at Stonehouse Childcare the emphasis is on ‘learning through play’ which reflects the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Communication, physical, social and emotional skills are further developed through imaginative play activities such as the role playing in the home corner or bringing stories to life and small world play. These activities and more can be indoor or outdoor and are only limited by the children’s own imagination.
Concentration and literacy skills are further developed within both the ‘chatter box’ and chill zone areas. In both of these areas children can develop a love of ‘reading’ as they link reading and looking at books with researching and investigating or pleasant, comfortable experiences, thus instilling a joy in reading that will continue throughout your child’s life.
Preparing for school
During the spring term before your child goes to school, your child will participate in a school readiness programme. This encompasses early reading and writing skills, utilising the ‘phonics’ method. Phonics is widely used within schools as an aid to reading and writing and is simply the system of relationships between letters and sounds in language.
Throughout the programme at Stonehouse Childcare, each pre-school child is encouraged to develop at their own rate and individual level and parental involvement is encouraged