We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities. We provide opportunity, resources and support for children to learn at the highest level through their play. Children engage in active learning which involves other people, objects, ideas and events that involve them for sustained periods of time. The environment supports every child’s learning through planned experiences and activities that are challenging but achievable. We offer warm trusting relationships with knowledgeable adults to support children’s learning.
Through our work with our children and their families we demonstrate the four 'Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage' which are
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual needs and help them to build learnimng over time. Children benefit from a stron partnership between practitioners and parents/or carers.
- Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
Areas of Learning and Development Aspect Prime Areas of Learning Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Communication and Language
Listening, Attention and Understanding
Specific Areas of Learning Mathematics
Understanding the World
Past and Present
People, Culture and Communities
The Natural World
Expressive Arts and Design
Creating with Materials
Being Imaginative and Expressive
We also take into account how children learn and plan for this too. This is known as the characteristics of effective learning. We are aware of the different rates that children learn and have a curriculum which reflects this. We will adjust our curriculum to be appropriate, challenging and accessible to all children.
|Characteristics of Effective Learning|
Children will :
|Playing and Exploring - Engagement|
Investigate and experience things
'Have a go'
|Active Learning - Motivation|
Concentrate and keep on trying when they have difficulties
|Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking|
Have and develop their own ideas
Make links between ideasDevelop strategies for doing things