Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)

Our aim is for the children to learn through play. Each Pre-School session is carefully planned to encourage the children to take part in a wide variety of stimulating, imaginative and fun activities, thus enabling each child to develop to his/her full potential.

All settings which work with young children have to, by law, follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. This sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children in their settings. Within this framework is the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is followed by all settings and schools until the end of reception. It is designed to support key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentration, and working and co-operating with other children. It is also about developing early literacy and numeracy skills, which will prepare children for the next stage of their education. There are seven identified area of learning and development that shape the educational programme that we provide. Three of these areas are seen as particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are known as the Prime Areas and are as follows:

The remaining four areas are known as Specific areas of learning. Through these areas the three Prime areas are strengthened and applied. They are:

As well as supporting what children learn, we also plan and support around 'how' children learn. These are called the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning'. Further information can be found in the Development Matters document (pg. 6-7) and in this table.

Additional information about the curriculum, and ideas as to how to support you child, can be found on the 'Parent / Carer Support' page.

Every Child Matters

This is legislation designed to support and protect children up to 19 years of age. It means that all organisations who provide services to children, whether they be schools, hospitals, voluntary groups, children's homes etc., work together to ensure that all children get the support they need to:

Information can also be found on www.ofsted.gov.uk and www.everychildmatters.gov.uk