Early Intervention Programme
The Early Intervention Programme (EIP) creates a unique atmosphere through totally dedicated, professional and experienced staff providing individualised and bespoke programmes for each child acknowledging their specific strengths and supporting individual weaknesses. This includes integrated therapy programmes with onsite therapists who advise on embedding specialist strategies and learning objectives throughout the curriculum and social activities.
The Riverston Early Years Framework (REYF) has eight areas of learning and development. These relate to the EYFS with the same prime areas of communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development. We then have a further five areas from 36 months, four of which follow the EYFS specific areas in literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design, and with a further area in thinking skills.
- Communication and language development in giving children opportunities to experience a rich and appropriate language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves whether verbally or through non-verbal means and developing their listening and attention skills in a range of situations
- Physical development involving providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive, to develop their coordination, control and movement as well as meeting their sensory processing needs
- Personal, social and emotional development involving helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others, to develop social skills and learn how to regulate their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities
- Literacy development involving encouraging children to link and blend sounds, recognise letter-sound and sound-letter associations and begin to read and write. Children will be given access to a wide range of reading materials to develop their interest in books
- Mathematics involving providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting and using numbers, making sure that children have the underlying concepts relating to quantity, to use mathematical language in every day circumstances, and to provide children with opportunities to talk about and solve problems
- Understanding the world involving guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment
- Expressive arts and design enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing ideas and feelings through a variety of different means including music, movement, dance, art, role play and technology
- Thinking skills involving fostering children’s curiosity in new activities and interests, supporting children in finding new ways of looking for information, and encouraging children to reflect, be inquisitive and problem solve. These are the core thinking skills (acquiring, storing and using information) and the strategic/reflective thinking skills (reflecting, applying and problem solving). We have added thinking skills into our framework because we recognise how foundational this skill is in all areas of a child’s development
- We believe that all children can progress in their development and learning when provided with a nurturing and communication rich environment and with appropriate transactional support
- We believe in working in partnership with parents and carers
- We recognise the impact of positive relationships
- We recognise the importance of creating an empowering environment
- We recognise the importance of having enough space to allow easy movement
- We emphasise the importance of genuine inclusion
- We emphasise the importance of visual structure and strategies to support understanding where a child may not understand English
- We recognise that play is foundational in a child’s development
- We advocate a setting where children have ample opportunities to explore and experiment
- We recognise that language is fundamental to learning and social communication
Each child’s learning programme and Child Centred Plan is targeted according to their individual needs with integrated speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to enable best practice in supporting them in reaching their full potential in all areas of learning, communication, socialisation and self-help skills.
The EIP offers a structure that provides all children with a sense of security in a familiar routine. The children have individual and small group tasks and each child has a Child Learning Journal where their progress is evidenced and documented through teacher observations, photography of their learning experiences and examples of their art work and early literacy.
The EIP provides a wide range of creative opportunities with arts and crafts based topics or themes, which relate to their learning, language and social communication targets. The curriculum also includes an emphasis on music and drama to encourage creativity, rhythm and coordination as well as sensory integration activities organised and run by the occupational therapist.
The Riverston Early Years Framework focuses on empowering children to become self-motivated and active learners, building independence and confidence.