Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) which is a national statutory framework for all children from 0-5 years.
We place high importance on the value of play as the most effective way in which young children learn. Staff plan the curriculum based on their observations of the children’s current interests as well as introducing new experiences to the children.
’What to Expect, When?’ guide will help you as a parent/carer to find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage. There are lots of useful ideas and tips as to how you can help your child to learn at home.
The principles which guide our work under the Early Years Foundation Framework are:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
There are seven areas of learning and development which form the early years curriculum:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Art and Design
We provide high quality learning opportunities in our indoor and outdoor environments which are carefully planned meet the specific needs and interests of the children. We know that children learn best through high quality play and when they are fully engaged with ideas and activities that interest them. We ensure that the learning environments are stimulating and engaging with many opportunities for children to initiate their own ideas while supported by an adult.
As well as access to long periods of uninterrupted play children will also join small adult led groups for phonics, literacy and other subjects where appropriate.
Further useful information for parents can be found at:
The children in year 1 will also have access to free play opportunities. Complimentary to this the children will join small groups for discrete teaching, the children will then be able to consolidate their new skills and knowledge through play.
All children will partake in a daily phonics lesson.