Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mixture of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.
It is our duty to recognise each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through positive interaction. As children grow older, and as their development allows, it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1 at school.
If you would like to know more information about the EYFS, please follow this link to visit the Havering early Years Website.