Early Years Foundation Stage
We believe that play underpins all development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
If the children are doing something they love, they are most likely to learn. We use their interests and bring the learning into what they already love, extending and supporting learning through a learning progression set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is very similar to the curriculum that you remember from school with Maths, English, Geography etc. There are seven Areas of Learning and Development. These areas are broken down into age bands, of what children typically should be achieving and when. We use this as a guide to track how the children are progressing and then provide opportunity for them to achieve their next steps.
There are three prime areas of development that underpin the others, these start from birth, and as the child grows the other specific areas are introduced.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Expressive arts and design
Resources are provided to support all these areas of learning, and qualified staff, track their children’s development and provide learning opportunities for growth.
As your child progresses through the nursery, their progression will be recorded and regularly updated in their learning journey.
This is done by collecting observations of your child reaching milestones and development targets. They are recorded in video or photograph form and linked to the points covered in the Early Years Foundation Stage.