We are now in our second week together for the school year. The first few mornings in EYRS1 have been full of excitement, trepidation, joy and fun!
It can also feel a little daunting for the children as they find themselves in unfamiliar environments, encountering different materials, interacting with new classmates and learning about new routines. The teachers are focused on helping the children through this period of transition so that they may settle happily into EY1 life.
We have observed the EY1 children finding their own special items and safe places within these new spaces.
A special item from home, such as mummy’s scarf, encourages children feel safe and helps them to settle in.
A safe place can be on someone’s lap or sitting snuggled in next to friends.
Examples of special and safe spaces for play and learning in the outdoor environment
Forts can provide a cozy respite from the busy activity and routine of life in the Early Years.
As teachers, we spend a lot of time thinking about and developing optimal learning environments. In a continuous effort to respond to children’s social, emotional and cognitive needs, we strive to actively create safe, inspirational and thoughtful spaces. We look forward to getting to know this group of learners and collaboratively developing spaces that support both individual and group needs for this unique learning community.
(Fort images from last years EY1 class, 2013-14)
Photographs by Rebecca Smith, ICS Early Years Teacher