At RSDD we have developed an exciting learning environment where the children are able to explore a wide range of learning opportunities. The area is well equipped and has different learning corners to promote the child's independent learning and personal skills. Equipment is inviting and stimulating and rotates frequently to follow the child's interest and abilities. We also have an all weather outdoor learning area which adds to an exciting range of activities and learning opportunities and promotes a healthy life style. The EYFS creates an atmosphere which is stimulating and where the children learn by having fun. We work closely with our Primary department to give the children good role models and establish lasting friendships.
The EYFS is staffed by a Teacher of the Deaf/ Early Years Professional and qualified Early Years Practitioners. There is a mixture of Deaf and hearing staff providing a rich language environment for deaf children age three to five. Input from a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), an Audiologist and a British Sign Language (BSL) Tutor adds to provide a high quality language environment. Language skills are encouraged in BSL and spoken English through play, story telling, conversations, music and contact with deaf and hearing people. We have established good links with our local mainstream school and nursery and reciprocal visits take place.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 2012 and differentiate this to each child's individual needs. Planning follows observations and assessments and education is child centred. Assessment is ongoing and a learning journey is created for each child, using photos, annotations and samples of work. The seven areas of learning are the base of all our learning opportunities. These are: Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Creative Arts and Design. The children learn and explore through hands-on activities.
The parents/carers are important to us. A newsletter is send home each half term with ideas and suggestions on how to support the child at home, linking opportunities for learning at school and home. A home-school book is in place to inform parents/carers of the child's life at school and gives room for parents/carers to write and inform staff too. Regular meetings are happening to discuss the child's progress. We invite parents/carers to join in with events and celebrations. A Parent/Toddler group is set up and meets once a week to share practice and ideas.
There is a diverse cohort of children at RSDD. We ensure that all children have equal access to the curriculum and are encouraged to explore and learn to meet their full potential. It is all about the children.
The Toddler's Group
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