Early education

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the Statutory framework for children 0-5 years. It categorises childrens learning and development into 7 areas:-

Development matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 

Every child is supported in developing to his or her fullest potential. Our Key Person system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child. Through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences and high levels of adult input children make progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage and are better prepared for the National Curriculum which begins at Year 1 in primary school.

Communication and Language (Prime area)

Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. We have a fully trained ‘Every Child a Talker’ (ECAT) Lead Professional at nursery.

Physical development (Prime area)

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. We have a fully trained ‘Every Child a Mover’ (ECAM) Lead Professional at nursery.

Personal, social and emotional development (Prime area)

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.

Literacy (Specific area)

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.

Mathematics (Specific area)

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

Understanding the World (Specific area)

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 (Specific area)

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movements, dance, role play, and design and technology.

Additional Needs

We aim to provide equality of opportunity for all members of our group, and this includes children with special educational needs. The number of adults present in the nursery enables us to provide individual attention for each child. Each child is able to progress at her/his own rate in all areas of development, and this is true for children with and without disabilities or learning difficulties. We are experienced in working in close liaison with professionals for a range of special needs, and we operate in accordance with the government’s code of practice on special education needs. If you would like to discuss the nursery’s ability to meet your own child’s needs, please talk to Mrs Dawn Curry or Mrs Lynn Latham.

An informal chat with your Childs key person can be arranged, just ask for a meeting.

page last updated: 28/05/2019

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