A strong child
Babies and young children need support as they begin a journey of self-discovery from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. The beginnings of autonomy can be seen in the relationships which exist as babies and young children play and explore alongside a close, attentive, warm and sensitive adult.
A skilful communicator
To become skilful communicators babies and children need to be together with a key person and others in warm and loving relationships. Being together leads to the wider development of social relation which include friendship, empathy, sharing emotions and experiences and becoming a competent language user. Early attempts at finding a voice are rewarded in a variety of ways, increasing confidence and encouraging children both to extend their range and increase their skills. They use their voices to make contact and to let people know what they need and how they feel. Babies and young children do not merely begin to make sense of what is going on around them and express themselves, they start to learn about 'conversation'. This requires listening and responding appropriately. They learn the 'rules' of communication through making meaning with their key person and with other supportive adults and older children. It is in these relationships that their early attempts to converse are interpreted, responded to and valued.
A healthy child
Being healthy means much more than having nutritious food and being free from illness. For babies and young children, being special to someone and cared for is vital for their physical, social and emotional health and well being. Emotional well-being includes relationships which are close, warm and supportive; being able to express feelings such as joy and sadness, frustration and fear. Meeting children's physical needs is fundamental to their well-being. Growing and developing children who are physically well will have the energy and enthusiasm to benefit from the wide range of activities on offer to them. Knowing when to ask for help, being protected and keeping safe with adult support, ensures that babies and young children quickly become skilful in a range of movements involving both large and fine motor control. In time, they make healthy choices as they learn about their bodies and what they can do.
A competent learner
Competent learners from birth, babies only a few hours old gaze at patterns which resemble the human face in preference to others. They are able to distinguish between things, and show that they like some things better than others. In this way young children learn to make connections between different objects and experiences. As they engage in pretend play with gestures and actions, feelings and relationships, ideas and words, they become increasingly imaginative. Children become creative through exploration and discovery as they experiment with sound, media and movement.
Creativity, imagination and representation allow children to share their thoughts, feelings, understandings and identities with others, using drawings, words, movement, music, dance and imaginative play.
The children aged 2 ½ and over have weekly sessions with a football coach from Carroll Academy. This is an excellent opportunity for our children to fine tune their physical skills and get some of that much needed 180 minutes of physical activity every day. These sessions take place in the local park, whatever the weather and our staff get fully involved!
Busy Lissie – Movement to Music