At both Headingley and Meanwood Valley we understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ education and we pride ourselves in empowering all our children to be individuals. Our experienced and qualified practitioners are able to tailor the children’s program of education to their personal learning styles. This method of teaching ensures that the children make excellent progress during their time with us. We are proud to offer an education that celebrates children’s diversity and individualism.
We draw inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach. This is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education, which values the child as a strong, capable and resilient learner, rich with wonder, motivation and knowledge. The approach understands that every child brings with them a deep curiosity and potential. It is this innate curiosity that drives the children’s interests and gives them the ability to understand their world and their place within it. We support children to extend and inspire their own learning experiences by working collaboratively with caring and supportive adults who understand how to develop their skills and understanding.
We believe Children flourish and grow in the outdoor environment and here at Leeds Early Years Association, we ensure that our children have access to the outdoor classroom for the majority of the day. We operate a free flow system which allows children to choose where to play and when. All areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum can be experienced both inside and out, just on different scales and with different materials.
In 2018, we were lucky enough to work with the amazing people at Outdoor Classrooms Ltd, based locally, to design and create an exciting environmentally friendly outdoor area at Headingley Preschool, and they have created an equally amazing outdoor space for our children at Meanwood Valley Preschool in 2019.
We believe that when young children are able to free flow and have access to the whole early years provision,they are provided with more developmental opportunities.
Children are given the time they need to develop and extend their ideas and make decisions about their play and learning.
Children are able to develop their independence as they can choose, revisit and try new (or known) activities.
Children are given the ability to be creative and resourceful as they can find the things and space they need.
Children will know their setting well, have a sense of ownership which will help them build in confidence.
Children have more space to access and a wider range of resources which will develop their gross and fine motor skills.
Children always have the opportunity to be loud quiet , fast slow, indoors or out!