The Early Years Foundation Stage is from birth up until the age of 5. The guiding principles are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes which are then broken down into certain objectives, which explain how these principles can be put into practice:
Enabling Environments – explains that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Transitions and Continuity - The commitments are focused around observation, assessment and planning, support for every child, the learning environment, and the wider context.
Learning and Development – recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
The EYFS curriculum is based around seven main areas of learning and development:
None of these areas of learning and development can be delivered in isolation from one another – they are all equally important and dependent. We believe in a well-rounded approach to child development and cover all these areas through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult-led, and child-initiated activities. We have a philosophy of “no lids on kids” – we always aim to extend and challenge our children.
In FS1, play is the main vehicle of delivery of the six areas of learning. It is a natural activity for children and it is through well-planned play that children learn with enjoyment and challenge. By providing opportunities for all children to explore and learn in a secure environment we extend children’s learning and experiences. Through play, we intend that children will:
In FS2 the children begin the more specific activities involving reading, writing and mathematics. Play and exploration remain an important part of the curriculum and, where appropriate, the children learn about new topics in these ways. All of the knowledge, skills and understanding in the seven areas are taught in a holistic manner, through interesting topics that capture a child’s imagination.
The children build upon their problem-solving skills answering and asking open-ended questions. They also continue to use outdoor learning opportunities.