Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connect.
Our practice is shaped by four guided principles. These are:
• A Unique Child,
• Positive Relationships,
• Enabling Environments,
• Learning and Development.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, 2017) is made up of seven areas of learning and development. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, from relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
• Communication and Language.
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children are also supported in the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
The EYFS curriculum is presented to the children through their interest, thus making learning rich and purposeful. Planning starts with observing children in order to understand and consider their current interests. Our formal and planned observations, together with the information parents share with us ensure that learning is rich and meaningful.
“Actively promote British values … plan and manage the curriculum and learning programmes so that children get a good start.”
(Early Years Inspection Handbook, 2015)
For more information about the EYFS, download the link below.