Learning Through Play. Continuous Provision – An Introduction

Our children are at the heart of everything we do.

At Willow Cottage our settings have been specifically selected for their exciting environments and the resources we make available are carefully considered. Children’s learning can then be supported, challenged, communicated and expressed in a variety of imaginative ways.

Continuous provision describes the different areas that are available for the children to use every day. It refers to the resources and equipment that are always accessible to the children. A continuous provision is not changed frequently, this supports children’s independence, deep level play and leads to a progression of ideas.

Childhood is seen as valid in itself, as part of life and not simply as preparation for adulthood. Thus
education is seen similarly as something of the present and not just preparation and training for late
r.’ – Tina Bruce

When reviewing areas of continuous provision our practitioners are asked to consider the children who will be accessing the environment on a daily basis. This ensures that their developmental needs and interests are being met.

Throughout the month of November we will be providing a more in-depth look at our continuous provisions and how they support some specific areas of learning.

We hope that you enjoy this series of articles and how much learning happens through the children’s play.

‘Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in the child’s soul’ – Fredrik Froebel

Next time;
Learning Through Play. Continuous Provision – Maths