Curriculum - Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage relates to all children from birth to the end of the Reception Year at primary school. It was re-formed in September 2021, putting early language at the heart of a broad and rich curriculum.

We recognise that the early years are crucial years for making a difference for all children, because research shows that children learn and develop more from birth to five years old than at any other time in their lives. Therefore, we design an ambitious curriculum that builds on children’s strengths and interests to meet their individual needs. We want every child to have the best possible start. Our curriculum is underpinned by opportunities to experience fun, fascination and wonder across all seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Three prime areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving:

The four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied are:

Our staff provide an environment to enable children to lead their own learning through child-initiated play as well as sensitively guiding children to build on what they already know and can do by observing, listening, discussing, modelling, and extending their thinking, reasoning, problem-solving and language skills. 

The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

Our practice and provision are rooted in the seven key features of effective practice:

Curriculum and Pedagogy

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