Value of Play
Play is a natural state we do not learn to play we play to learn
Sensory Time is a unique multi-sensory educational experience, providing foundations for children to flourish. When children have opportunities to play with ideas in different situations and with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things (Mark Making Matters EYFS).
Classes are planned and delivered by early childhood educators based on 5 key foundations for early learning:
Belonging & Connecting
From birth babies are able to form relationships with both adults and children. Sensory Time classes facilitate increased bonding opportunities not only with immediate caregivers but also with grandparents and siblings. They also provide opportunity to develop existing friendships as well as creating new ones.
At Sensory Time children are able to explore in a safe enabling environment, through child led exploration children can independently select activities and make choices based on their own preferences.
Thinking, Imagining & Understanding
The materials used in our weekly classes promote development of communication, language and literacy skills. Mark making allows for communicating ideas, expressing feelings, developing imagination and creativity, and testing hypotheses about the world. These opportunities for making ‘thinking visible’ are fundamental to children’s learning and development and should be the entitlement of every child (EYFS). Whilst enjoying the sensory experience of sand, paint, gloop and jelly, children can describe textures, express their likes and dislikes, make connections and develop mark making skills. In addition, these activities enable children to develop an understanding of shape space and measures, filling and emptying containers, making shapes in dough and separating materials.
Being Active & Expressing
Sensory Time support children in being active both physically and mentally, providing opportunities for children to express themselves through physical action and sound.
Sensory Time activities alid children’s physical development. Children are able to play and explore, making connections, which in turn aids the development of fine and gross motor skills.
Increased play opportunities provided in Sensory Time classes enable children to overcome fears, rationalise and discover themselves, their preferences and interests.
Being & Becoming
At every Sensory Time class we sing hello and goodbye songs which focus on each child individually, with the hello song asking ‘how are you today?’ and both songs incorporating the child’s name. This encourages children to think about how they are feeling, express their emotions and instills a sense of self worth and identity. Facial expressions and tones are also adapted to the individual child, enabling younger babies to interact and respond to the adult through actions, facial expressions and sounds.
Contributing & Participating
Sensory Time classes are a mixed age environment in which group activities including music & movement and parachute play take place. By playing with or simply alongside others, children develop an understanding of their own feelings and an awareness of others’ feelings; recognising how their actions and behaviour can affect others.
Sensory Time activities are planned that enable child to achieve optimum learning and development. All activities at sensory Time support children’s learning and development equipping them with a variety of skills that are valuable for preschool, school and later life.
Sensory Time are members of the PreSchool Learning Alliance.