The Smillie Room

Smillie Room Curriculum Planning

There is a strong relationship between early life experiences and how babies and young children develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically throughout their lives. The Early Years Framework states that:

‘It is during our very earliest years and even pre-birth that a large part of the pattern of our future adult life is set.’ (Scottish Government, 2008).

In the Smillie Room our staff  use Developmental Milestones  to plan for children’s individual needs and take into consideration their stage of development, likes & dislikes, children’s interests and how they like to learn.

The Developmental Milestones were developed using a range of guidance including: Realising the Ambition and Argyll and Bute Developmental Milestones. The milestones are split into 4 areas:

  • Wellbeing
  • Curiosity, Inquiry and Creativity
  • Communication & Early Literacy
  • Physical Development

Our staff work in partnership with parents/carers, and any other agencies involved, to ensure a consistent, collaborative approach to the learning and development of our youngest children.

We believe that young children need to feel safe and secure before they are ready to learn and develop. Promoting a nurturing environment through building positive relationships and attachments is key to this.


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