Early Years Foundation Stage
Our dedicated and experienced Nursery Crew strive to create a happy, safe and caring environment in which the young mind will flourish under our specialist guidance. We aim to encourage a love for learning from an early age by offering a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum through which our pupils enjoy a range of rich learning experiences that are not only fun but challenging and engaging for all. We carefully select local providers to enhance our provision throughout the year to ensure our Little Learners are provided with broad, balanced and exciting learning experiences. These include Forest School with Play Wild, Talking Tots and physical activities such as Stretch and Grow, football coaching and gymnastics.
The ‘4Children, what to expect when’ document gives parents an insight into their child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage. The purpose of the booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is at the heart of everything we do. The EYFS framework has a flexible structure and supports children’s individual developmental learning. The framework builds on all aspects of children’s development.
There are four themes that underpin the guidance:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
There are three characteristics of effective learning:
- Playing and Exploring (engagement)
- Active Learning (motivation)
- Creating and Thinking Critically (thinking)
These characteristics support children’s learning across all areas of their development:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
- Making Relationships
- Self-confidence & self-awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
Communication and Language:
- Listening and attention
- Moving and handling
- Health and self-care
- Shape, space and measure
Understanding the world:
- People and communities
- The world
Expressive Arts and Design:
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being imaginative
We welcome our families to be part of our children’s learning experiences by adding to their individual online Tapestry accounts and offering seasonal family learning together opportunities such as gardening, Yoga and reading sessions with the Bookstart Bear.