eyfs1Early Years Foundation stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides us with a framework to offer your child a balanced Early Years Curriculum based on Prime and Specific areas of learning. We use these identified areas of learning when planning, observing and assessing within adult led or child initiated learning. These areas also aid us in providing a challenging and constantly evolving learning environment.

The Prime Areas are our main focus and priority when providing the children with learning experiences and resources. These are as follows;

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

eyfs2Specific areas of learning enhance learning and development alongside the Prime areas. These are as follows;

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

We expect all our staff to engage in skilful and sensitive interactions to support a child's learning with the use of the EYFS as a tool for refernce.