Early Learning Goals

Early Learning Goals

Personal, Social and Emotional development
· Having a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world around them;
· Having confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and valuing their own achievements;
· Being able to get on, work and make friendships with other people, both children and adults;
· Becoming aware of – and being able to keep to – the rules which we all need to help us to look after ourselves, other people and our environment;
· Being able to dress and undress themselves, and look after their personal hygiene needs; and
· Being able to expect to have their ways of doing things respected and to respect other people’s ways of doing things.

Communication & Language
· Being able to use conversation with one other person, in small groups and in large groups to talk with and listen to others
· Adding to their vocabulary by learning the meaning of – and being able to use – new words
· Being able to use words to describe their experiences
· Getting to know the sounds and letters which make up the words we use

Physical Development
· Gaining control over the large movements we can make with our arms, legs and bodies, so that they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, balance and lift;
· Gaining control over the small movements we can make with our arms, wrists and hands, so that they can pick up and use objects, tools and materials; and
· Learning about the importance of – and how to look after – our bodies

Literacy
· Listening to – and talking about – stories
· Knowing how to handle books and that they can be a source of stories and information
· Knowing the purposes for which we use writing
· Making own attempts at writing.

Mathematics
· Building up ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big
· Building up ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects, and the amount of space taken up by objects
· Starting to understand that numbers help us to answer questions about how many, how much, how far and how big
· Building up ideas about how to use counting to find out how many
· Recognising numerals 1-9, use comparative language;
· Being introduced to finding the result of adding more or taking away from the amount we already have.

Understanding the World
· Finding out about the natural world and how it works
· Finding out about the made world and how it works
· Learning how to choose – and use – the right tool for a task
· Learning about computers, how to use them and what they can help us to do
· Starting to put together ideas about past and present and the links between them
· Beginning to learn about their locality and its special features; and
· Learning about their own and other cultures.

Expressive art & design
· Using paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play to express their ideas and feelings; and
· Becoming interested in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings.