Our Early Years provision is a great asset of ours’. We stimulate children’s natural curiosity, nurture their capability to learn, enable them to form respectful relationships and express themselves as individuals. Activities are based around each child’s individual strengths and needs and encourage them to develop their capacity for independent thought and self-expression – something that, in turn, helps to develop their self-confidence and love of learning.
The principles which guide the work of all Early Years settings are grouped into four themes:
A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
These four guiding themes work together to underpin effective practice in the delivery of the EYFS.
Areas of Learning
Across the Early Years Foundation Stage there are six areas covered by the early learning goals and educational programmes:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication, Language and Literacy
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
These areas of Learning and Development are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All the areas are delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult -led and child- initiated activities.