At Honey Bears Montessori we recognise that every child is unique and has a different way of learning. By evaluating each child individually and providing them with resources, opportunities and direction, our approach allows children to learn with understanding and this results in confidence and a passion for learning.
We combine both The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Montessori teaching ethos to give your child the best possible start for their future.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
The three prime areas lay the foundation for every child’s future learning:
Personal, social and emotional development:
Self -confidence and self awareness
Managing feelings and behavior
Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Communication and language:
Listening and attention
The prime areas support children to develop skills in four specific areas:
Reading and writing
Numbers, shapes, space and measure
Understanding the world:
People and communities; the world and technology
Expressive arts and design:
Exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS framework learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Maria Montessori was one of the most important early year’s educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas, which have had a profound influence on the education of young children all over the world. Montessori is an innovative, child centered approach to learning.
Montessori educational principles rest on the belief that children need to learn to do things by and for themselves. Through initial teaching the child acquires skills which support his/her independence, enable challenging activities and facilitate risk taking and exploration, such as helping in preparation of a snack by cutting fruit with a knife, or building a tower which is taller than themselves. Whilst exploration, challenge and risk are encouraged they are always supported by effective risk assessment and appropriate health and safety policies.
For any further guidance please follow this link:
Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage in Montessori settings