Sunshine Room

In Sunshine room we have 20 children aged between two and five years. We continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, focusing on the three prime areas of learning, along with the four specific areas which are:

Understanding The World
Literacy
Expressive Art & Design
Mathematics

During the day children have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of carefully planned activities which are derived from the children’s individual interests and developmental needs, enabling them to achieve their maximum potential. Effective learning is achieved through all areas as staff ensure children can play and explore, are motivated and have opportunities to be creative and think for themselves. Whilst some activities are adult led, choice and spontaneous play is prompted throughout the day.

Themes based around children’s current interests are used to support and extend specific areas of children’s learning. We emphasise first hand experiences and view play and talk as powerful mediums through which children learn and develop. We plan a range of fun and exciting local trips which link the themes the children are learning and arrange for visitors to come into the setting to share their knowledge.

Because our outdoor area is vast, it provides a valuable starting point for scientific discovery and problem solving, and offers the children unique sensory experiences, arousing their sense of curiosity and wonder of the natural world. There is a growing area where children grow their vegetables, which are used for mealtimes.

Social skills, such as sharing and turn taking are developed through planned group activities. Daily routines and a carefully planned environment allows children to develop a range of positive independent skills. The children serve themselves at mealtimes and are involved in the planning and preparation of all activities. Children all have their own water bottles with their photo on.

Because our outdoor area is vast, it provides a valuable starting point for scientific discovery and problem solving, and offers the children unique sensory experiences, arousing their sense of curiosity and wonder of the natural world. There is a growing area where children grow their vegetables, which are used for mealtimes.

Social skills, such as sharing and turn taking are developed through planned group activities. Daily routines and a carefully planned environment allows children to develop a range of positive independent skills. The children serve themselves at mealtimes and are involved in the planning and preparation of all activities. Children all have their own water bottles with their photo on.

At Mildmay the children are offered a wide choice of creating and stimulating activities, time to explore, time to talk and be listened to, and time to learn through play. We provide all children with a broad range of valuable skills and knowledge, essential for the preparation of school.

Practitioners observe children engaged in self-initiated activities and record significant progress and achievements. iPads are used to collect photos and observations and we use a system called ‘Tapestry’ to track children’s learning and progress. Parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s learning by logging into their child’s individual Tapestry profile.