Early Years Curriculum

We follow the statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage which covers children from birth to five years.

The Early Years Foundation Stage follows a principled approach under four themes:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

The Prime Areas are the most essential for your child's development and future learning. Confidence in these Prime Areas will help them develop skills and knowledge in the 4 Specific Areas. For children under 3 years old experiences will be focussed on  the Prime Areas and they will be assessed in these areas. As children enter their Nursery School year they will be assessed in all 7 areas. When children move onto Primary School they will continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in their reception year

Prime Areas 
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Physical Development

Specific Areas
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
      • Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn by playing and exploring and being active. This approach supports, promotes and develops positive attitudes towards learning. Children learn through carefully planned first hand activities both indoors and outdoors which are based on their development and interests. Each room has a planning board which is added to on a regular basis to show interests and learning.
      • All children are valued. We build upon children's previous experience at home and take into account children's interests and strengths as we plan for them. Our aim is to develop the natural curiosity in children by encouraging them to ask questions and try to find answers. Observation and assessment are used as part of our practice with post-it notes (wow moments) digital and video cameras, to record the learning process.  
      • Practitioners plan together on a weekly basis. They keep detailed observations of children's progress through notes, photographs and observations. This information enables practitioners  to celebrate and reflect on  children's achievements and assess their learning. All children are 'celebrated' and you will be encouraged to contribute to  'Celebration Boards', sharing information about your child's learning and interests.  
      • Details of your child's progress and achievements will be shared with you  and  their primary school. There will be opportunities to meet with your child's key worker during the year in addition to informal discussions.
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