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Introduction to the Foundation Stage (Early Years)

Our early years phase comprises our Nursery for 3-4 year olds, and our Reception for our 4-5 year olds.  Nursery children can attend either a morning, afternoon or full day session whilst Reception children attend for the full day.  We fully embrace the four guiding principles which shape the early years foundation stage curriculum;

·   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 to develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual           needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;

·     children learn and develop in different ways and 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.

Please click on the links below to access further information from GOV.UK;

Statutory Framework for the early years foundation stage

Early years foundation stage profile

 

Early years foundation stage

Through a careful combination of self-initiated and directed teaching experiences, both inside and outside, children encounter education across seven areas of learning:

The Prime areas of learning

Personal, Social and Emotional development - involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form healthy 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 - children are given many exciting 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 - we provide plenty of opportunities to be active and interactive in order to develop co-ordination, control, and movement on both a large and small scale – learning to climb is just as important as learning to hold a pencil correctly. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food and self-care.

The Specific Areas of learning

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 (including books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

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

Understanding the World - 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 - involves exploring and playing 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.

Assessment

To effectively learn, children play and explore, become active learners and are supported to create and think critically.  Every child is assessed against 17 Early Learning Goals which relate to each of the 7 areas of learning as outlined above. We assess children to gain an accurate picture of their development and stage of learning ‘especially where the attainment demonstrated is not dependent on overt adult support’ (EYFS 2014) through observations and teacher assessments. This involves reaching an understanding of children’s learning through watching, listening and interacting with them as they engage in everyday activities, events and experiences, and demonstrate their specific knowledge, skills and understanding.’ A learning journal documenting every child’s journey through the foundation stage is produced in collaboration with parents and carers (who are encouraged to contribute to it and are always welcome to come into school and read it with their children).  

 

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