What to expect in the Early Years
If your child is aged 3–4, the chances are that they are in some form of Early Years setting, whether that is a nursery, preschool, playgroup or with a childminder. This is a hugely important stage for your child's learning, and it's a really fun one too!
What will my child do in the Early Years?
At this stage of their learning, your child will be mainly learning through play-based activities. They will also be learning about routine and developing early literacy and maths skills, learning about the world around them and social skills.
The importance of play
This year your child will begin to learn by doing things for themselves, by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating and communicating – in other words, playing. Play is children's work and playing hard is very tiring! Play can also be very messy as your child will be learning both inside with sand, water and paint, and also in the outdoors with mud, leaves and so on, so you can expect some mucky clothes at the end of the day!