Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We offer a high quality broad and balanced curriculum which has four main elements:
- Learning is play-based and takes place indoors and outside
- There is a balance between adult-initiated experiences (guided learning) and child-initiated experiences
- Adults take children’s interests and strengths as a starting point, seeing each child as a competent learner
- Parent involvement is crucial. We learn a great deal about each child from their parents.
You can read our EYFS policy here:
The Prime Areas
The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences and run through and support learning in other areas. They are fundamental in the EYFS and are:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
- Physical Development
The Specific Areas
These areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning. They are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Characteristics of Effective Learning
All children engage with other people and their environment in different ways and we recognise that children have individual needs, interests and develop at different rates. In our planning and teaching, we reflect on our knowledge of each individual and encompass the characteristics of effective teaching and learning:
- Playing and Exploring – children are given opportunities to investigate, experience new things and are encouraged to ‘have a go’.
- Active Learning – we encourage children to persevere if they encounter difficulties and to enjoy their achievements.
- Creating and Thinking Critically – we support children to have and develop their own ideas, encouraging them to make links and develop their own strategies for doing things.
These characteristics underpin learning and development across all areas and support children to remain effective and motivated learners.