Areas of learning and development

Prime Areas

Communication and Language

Gives children the opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development

Provides opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Helps children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their abilities.

Specific Areas

Literacy

Encourages children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poem, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics

Provides children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World

Guides children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

Enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, dance, role-play and design and technology.