Early Years Foundation Stage
‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life to support and fulfill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances’Early Years Foundation Stage Profile 2012
We value the important role that the Foundation stage plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. All children begin school with a variety of experiences and learning. The team of staff working in our Nursery and Reception classes build upon the children’s prior knowledge and experiences and develop a curriculum that meets the needs of all learners. Activities are play based in order to support the children to take risks, explore and learn about the world around them.
We recognise that parents and carers and the child’s first and most enduring educators and we work closely with families, the relationship between home and school is strong. Every child and family receives a home visit prior to starting in our Nursery / Reception. Children are encouraged to share their learning from home and this is celebrated in class.
The EYFS is based on four principles:
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
We believe that every child is a competent learner, who can be resilient, capable and self-assured. We understand that they learn in different ways so aim to provide a stimulating and inviting learning environment, both indoors and outdoors for the children to build relationships and learn with their friends.
The team ensure that there are opportunities for children to develop socially, spiritually, emotionally, physically, creatively and intellectually. Each child is valued as an individual and supported to learn in their own style.
All learning focusses on the prime areas of learning, these include:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
Taking learning outside the early years classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles
These are key areas for us, and underpin all learning. When a child is confident, can self-regulate and communicates with others, they can go on to investigate, solve problems and develop a knowledge and understanding of the world. The children are supported to do this through the continuous provision and range of resources that are made available to them every day, e.g. writing materials, counting resources, building blocks, creative equipment sand and water etc. Throughout the day the children have the opportunities to work independently, following their own interests, or in small group work led by an adult.
Regular assessments are used to inform future planning reflecting the children’s needs, these are done through learning and play, using the pupils’ voice. All work is recorded in ‘learning Journey’ books, the children enjoy looking at these books and sharing them with others.