Continuous Provision refers to the resources which are always available within the EYFS areas or classrooms for children to access. This includes a sand and water play area and mark making areas with crayons, pens and paper.
Continuous Provision remains consistent for long periods of time. A child choosing to use the water area can expect to see the same resources each time they play in this area for a long period of time. This enables them to revisit and build upon previous learning, as well as to explore new learning within a familiar environment. Resources provided are safe to explore independently and encourage children to become active and independent learners.
Materials are organised in a way that stimulates curiosity, engages children and allows for them to work independently. Children are expected to tidy and clean up the resources once they have finished using them.
Each resource area aims to explore and develop a variety of learning areas. We aim to extend children’s learning and maintain their interest through Continuous Provision materials. Resource areas may be enhanced allowing teachers to follow the children’s interests, add challenges and link the provision to current topics and themes. Enhancements can take a variety of forms like during a farm topic teacher may add specific resources to an area, for example they may add small world animals to the construction area. Enhancements may also be used to provide a level of differentiation to the Continuous Provision. For example, if continuous provision within the sand area usually provides large scoops and spades, this might be enhanced by providing equipment that requires greater precision, such as smaller scoops and containers. An additional way to enhance provision is through prompt cards or challenge cards which suggest a task that could be carried out with the resources provided.