Before starting The Hair Helper business, I was a teacher. Although it’s been said that you can take the teacher out of the classroom, you can’t take the classroom out of the teacher. At present I work as a learning support worker part time. Of course, this got me to thinking that our product could well be meeting the EYFS curriculum and teaching more than just hair accessory organisation skills. The Hair Helper could in fact, be educational!
There are three main areas of learning and development within the curriculum. I will be taking a closer look into each prime area to see how we meet the grade.
Communication and Language
This is further broken down into three areas: Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking.
With the Hair Helper your child can listen attentively and then respond to what they hear with
relevant comments, questions or actions. By the end of the EYFS, your child will be expected to remember and follow up to three instructions at a time. Needing to remember clips, bobbles and a hairbrush can be a lot to remember for a smaller child.
Your child could also learn to express themselves effectively, communicating the hair style they are desiring for the day, or the accessories that they would prefer to use.
Moving and handling as well as Health and Self-care are the two main areas of physical development.
Children with access to storing their own hair accessories in a clear and practical way, will practise and learn effective control and co-ordination particularly with small movements or fine motor skills. These skills are crucial for later writing skills, as well as skills like tying their shoe laces.
By having a Hair Helper up in their room, or in an easy to access place, little girls should grow in their independence of their personal grooming and dressing.
Personal, social and emotional development
When I read the description for this prime area of learning, it made me smile.
“Making relationships: … form positive relationships with adults (and other children)”.
This is why we do what we do! Instead of running around and stressing about where the accessories are or where the brush is, parents with little girls that own The Hair Helper, now have the time to spend doing hair as a bonding and connecting time.
At the end of the day we all want them to be happy and confident
You can read the current EYFS statutory framework here.