The dining room has a variety of toys, books, craft and Montessori learning materials that allow children to develop knowledge and skills as according to the principles and learning objectives of the EYFS, while closely following the Montessori philosophy of “following the child”.
The garden is a safe and secure space for the children to play and develop in all the areas of the EYFS including the development of physical skills, mathematical understanding and knowledge and understanding of the world. It includes play equipment and toys, water and sand play, a mud kitchen, playhouse and a variety of planned activities to meet children’s learning needs. We grow fruit and vegetables and have a wild garden where we plant wildflower seeds.
My home setting provides a range of activities and resources that will give children a wider knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. This includes developing a sustainable setting with minimal use of plastic, such as using mostly wooden toys and recycling materials, such as re-using materials for craft activities and junk modelling. Children can help to make bug hotels, bird boxes and bird feeders to place in the wild garden. Loose parts, including natural loose parts such as shells, sticks, pebbles, leaves and pine cones are used to enhance children’s play and learning.