Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage Learning and Development
children-4-most-2016-214The Early Years Foundation Stage is a statutory revised framework that came in to force in September 2012. It sets standards to help us to deliver personalised learning, development and care that will enhance the development of all the children in our nursery while keeping them safe and healthy. The learning and development programme offered to the children attending the nursery will have its basis in the “Early Learning Goals” that establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the EYFS (the end of the academic year in which they reach five years). The goals provide the basis for planning throughout the EYFS so laying secure foundations from birth for future learning.

 

The revised EYFS focuses on three prime areas which are the foundations for children’s ability to learn and develop healthily and are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

In addition to the prime areas there are four specific areas that include essential skills and knowledge to strengthen and reinforce the three prime areas and are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 

All these areas of learning and development are important and inter connected to support the “Whole child”. The areas will be delivered through planned purposeful play and there will be a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. We place a strong emphasis on meaningful play and plan regularly so that all play is appropriate, stimulating and purposeful. For young children purposeful play is an essential and rich part of the learning process. Play is a powerful motivator encouraging children to be creative and to develop their ideas, understanding and language.

  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development

    Children will be provided with experiences and support that will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others. They will be encouraged to work and play with others establishing relationships with other children and adults. Support to manage their feelings and to understand appropriate behaviour will be given.

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  • Communication & Language

    Children will be given extensive opportunities to experience a rich language environment through games, activities, stories and play. Children will be encouraged to talk and hold conversations, to take turns and to listen to others. Sign language will be used in everyday routines to support the child's communication skills and understanding.

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  • Physical Development

    The physical development of babies and young children will be encouraged through providing opportunities for them to be active and to improve their skills of co-ordination, control and movement. They will be encouraged to use all of their senses to learn about the world around them and to make connections between what they already know and new information.

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  • Literacy

    A broad approach is taken to reading. The children will have extensive pre-reading experiences including the sharing in discussions of many delightful books.

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  • Mathematics

    Children will be provided with a rich and varied range of experiences. They will be encouraged to develop skills in counting, calculating and using number.

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  • Understanding the World

    This covers the children's developing knowledge and understanding of their environment, their families and other people, their community and traditions.

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  • Expressive Arts & Design

    This involves developing children's imagination through art, design & Technology, music, stories and imaginative play and by providing a wide range of materials, tools and instruments to express ideas and feelings.

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  • Music and Movement

    During the Spring and Summer terms we employ a range of outside agencies to deliver professional skills to our children. These provide fantastic opportunities for our children to work with experts in their fields.

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