✿ Our curriculum is based on The Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS) which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years’ providers must follow the EYFS.
✿ The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
Why do you need to know about the EYFS?
✿ Children achieve best when parents and professionals work together. It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else. Our Nursery practitioners will be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child’s progress. Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others will help you to notice how well they are developing and learning. The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.
What are the EYFS Principles?
A unique child
✿ Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
✿ Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
✿ The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning
Learning and developing in different ways and at different rates
✿ Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected
Learning and Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
✿ Forming meaningful relationships with other children and adults
✿ Having respect for other people
✿ Being an individual and also belonging to a community
✿ Being able to express and cope with your feeling and emotions
✿ Becoming independent and helping others
✿ Being able to make choices and taking responsibility
✿ Developing a sense of fairness, what is right and wrong
✿ Understanding appropriate behaviour
✿ Respecting and being able to empathise with others
✿ Having feelings of wonder and joy
✿Sharing and celebrating festivals, traditions and special occasion
✿ Appreciating pattern, and relationships
✿ Logical thinking
✿ Exploring and comparing shapes, quantities, height, etc.
✿ Finding ways to solve mathematical problems e.g. estimating, measuring
✿ Learning to use and understand mathematical language
✿ Understanding and using numbers
Understanding the World
✿ Exploring the local environment
✿ Finding out about the past
✿ Developing an understanding of travelling to other places, distance and maps
✿ Using technology – making models in a variety of ways
✿ Planning, making and designing things
✿ Exploring and solving problems
✿ Using ICT for a range of purposes
✿ Exploring, experimenting and having ideas
✿ Being curious – wondering why, how, what if .?
✿ Understanding why and how things happen
✿ Observing carefully and closely
✿ Experiencing and changing materials
✿Sharing the joy of finding things out with your friends
Communication and Language
✿ Enjoying stories.sharing books with others, telling stories and making them up
✿ Being able to express your opinions and making your own choices
✿ Developing confidence and independence through achievement
✿ Leaning to use tools competently
✿ Learning co-ordination and control
✿ Building confidence, stamina. Energy and strength
✿ Learning to move in a variety of ways
✿ Expressing your-self through movement
✿ Leaning to recognise sounds, names, symbols all around them
✿ Talking, listening, discussing and recalling experiences
✿ Believing in yourself as a reader and writer and developing the skills to become one
✿ Representing and communicating your ideas and feelings in a variety of ways such as music, dance, language, role play, and imagination
✿ Expressing yourself through a wide range of media e.g. paint, clay, 3D materials
✿ Experiencing and enjoying beauty
✿ Imaging, expressing and creating
✿ Having original ideas and thoughts