Early Years Newsletter

Filed in Early Years Newsletters | Posted on October 4, 2019

Important Dates    
4th October 2019 TONIGHTFOSS Ladies Pamper
Night 7pm
5th October 2019 Saturday Whole School and
Early Years open
Morning 10-12 noon
8th October 2019 Tuesday FOSS AGM
10th October 2019 Thursday Pre-School visit from Hedgehog Rescue
21st October 2019*
date change
Monday Pre-School visit to
23rd October 2019 Wednesday FOSS Halloween Disco3-5pm
25th October-1st
Friday-Friday Pre-School and School Half Term
4th November 2019 Monday Nursery Parents Evening 6pm (Appointment only)
9th November 2019 Saturday FOSS Firework Night
13th November 2019 Wednesday Pre-School Parents Evening 4pm
Appointment only)
15th November 2019 Friday Children In Need
Charity Day
30th November 2019 Saturday FOSS Christmas Fayre 11am
3rd December 2019 Tuesday Pre-School Nativity
Play 9.30am
10th December Tuesday Early Years ChristmasParty and Magic Show
13th December 2019 Friday All departments will close at 12 noon today
Pre-School and SchoolChristmas Holidays
19th December 2019 Thursday Nursery Mince Pie and Mingle 2.30-3.30pm
20th December Friday Baby Unit Stay and Play 10-12noon

Thank you so much for returning the questionnaires that were sent out in September. Reflecting on your requests it is evident that you wish the newsletter to continue weekly but with a slightly different format. Each week we will be posting tips and hints for you to use at home together with a written piece reflecting on an Early Years topic. The last Friday in every month we will be providing you with a synopsis of activities your children have taken part in and their learning intentions. To ensure that you see what wonderful things happen in the Early Years department we will be putting photographs onto our face book account weekly. Please be assured that if you have requested ‘no’ to photographs being used publically we will honour your requests. Safeguarding is very important to us at Silverhill and for this reason we will not be naming any child in the photographs and ask that you to follow our lead. Let’s start celebrating together and ask you to ‘like’ and ‘share’ as much as you can.

This week’s topic is: Why play matters

The importance of how children learn through play

The Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) is built on the philosophy of play. But why? Play is very important to a child’s development, it is an integral part of their foundation years supports learning and development. Play gives children an opportunity to explore the world around them. They learn to identify new things, build self-worth by giving them a sense of their own abilities, take risks and helps them to feel good about themselves. Children develop many skills through the power of play including language, emotions, creativity and social abilities. It helps to nurture imagination and give a sense of adventure. Through this, they can learn essential concepts such as problem solving, working with others, sharing and the ability to concentrate.

Providing children with a range of playthings will help them learn in a number of ways:

  • Sand and water play can be an early introduction to science and mathematics, for example learning that water is fluid, not solid, and that it can be measured in different sized containers.
  • Playing with dough or clay, drawing and painting pictures, dressing up, playing with dolls can encourage creativity, imagination and expression of feelings.
  • Building blocks, jigsaws and shape sorters can help with recognising different shapes and sizes, putting things in order and developing logic.
  • Playing ball games, dancing, running and climbing all help to develop body movement, strength, flexibility and co-ordination.
  • Games support turn taking, sharing and social interactions.
  • Singing, playing simple music instruments help to develop rhythm, listening and hearing.

It’s important that learning is fun at all ages, it needs to be about supporting their interests and leading them to new ideas and opportunities. They might find unusual ways of doing things – for a toddler, building blocks aren’t just for making towers, and paint can be used without a brush! Show them how things work, but if they want to experiment, let them. Children learn through all their senses taste, touch, vision, hearing and smell. They will watch those around them and copy language and behaviours. Children develop in their own ways and in their own time, at home look at the pictures in books together; read and compose stories, talk to them about everyday things while you are cooking or cleaning or during car journeys. This will help children make sense of the words and encourage language, give you a chance to teach them how things work and enabling them to ask questions and discover ‘why’.

Perhaps most importantly, play allows a child to be exactly that, a child! It is so important in this day and age that children have time for just having some fun, being happy doing their own thing without any pressure. And if they are happy people, they will better be ready for independent living and the challenges that life has to throws at them.