Little Pumpkins Learning Approach

Ultimately at Little Pumpkins children learn through play with a learning approached tailored to the child as an individual.

Early Years Education is concerned with the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of the child. Care and education are inseparable. The involvement of parents/carers, as the first educator, and the recognition of their key role in children’s development are especially important in the education of young children. The experience of pre-school complements the experience of home. Most children enter early education as highly competent individuals. They are already successful learners. They have developed a range of personal and social skills, including the capacity to investigate new ideas and situations, to make choices, to solve problems, to communicate and work with others.

The learning approach consists of all of those planned and spontaneous learning experiences which children will have during their time at Little Pumpkins. We follow the guidance recommended by the Department for Children, Schools and Families 2012, statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, which helps us to plan activities designated to lay secure foundations for each child’s future learning. Between the ages 2 and 5 the curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage. Furthermore Little Pumpkins’ practice engages theory from chief theorist such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner and Dewey. There are encompassed briefly below, describing how Little Pumpkins demonstrates theories within the practice:

Piaget: Discovery learning, sensitivity to children’s readiness to learn, individual difference and learners creating the learning for themselves.

Vygotsky: Social constructivism, good modelled behaviour to support learning and scaffolding to support and extend problem solving.

Bruner: Influenced by Vygotsky and extends into the role of the teacher. Bruner looks how social interactions lays at the root of good learning.

Dewey: Children given opportunities to think for themselves and articulate their thoughts. Supporting real-world method.

At Little Pumpkins Pre-School we believe that the seven areas of learning and development depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. We aim to deliver all the areas through planned purposeful play, with a balance of adult led, child initiated and modelled activities.