Early years Foundation Stage 0-5’s

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which sets the standards for the learning, development and care of the children from birth to five.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication and language.

Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confi dence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development

Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Specific Areas

There are seven different areas of learning.

Literacy

Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Understanding the world

Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment

Expressive Arts and Design

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well asproviding opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Mathematics

Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

We plan stimulating activities in accordance with these areas to ensure a wide variety of learning is covered for all age groups.

Staff regularly attend training courses to further their knowledge on all of these areas and to share experiences with other practitioners.

Tapestry

We have an online learning journal that we use as a two way communication tool. We upload observations, activities and development reports/next steps. It is a great wat to share information with parents/carers and we encourage them to add pictures and activities from home.

Special Needs

We have the necessary systems in place to ensure children’s learning needs are correctly identified. When a child is seen to have a greater educational need than other children of his/her age this is discussed with parents. Staff at nursery will work out an individual learning programme for a child identified as having special needs. They will aim to provide an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance and respect for achievements in which all children can thrive.

Assessment and Observations

Through a process of observation, each child’s stage of learning is assessed to help us provide the most suitable curriculum. The observations are used in the planning of activities to ensure that each child can be helped to progress in a way that is appropriate to their individual needs.

Equal Opportunities

The Nursery will ensure that no child is excluded or disadvantaged because of ethnicity, religion, culture, family background, disability, gender, home language, special educational needs or ability.

Interested and want to find out more?

We would be happy to answer and questions you might have, so feel free to get in touch.