Curriculum - The Early Years Foundation Stage
There are effective arrangements to ensure that when children join the Reception class they settle quickly into their new routines. They behave well and enjoy school life and all the new experiences they encounter."
(Ofsted Report, March 2015)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year. It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a ‘principled, play-based approach to learning and development’.
Young children learn best through play and Early Years Practitioners will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them develop new skills. The activities that are provided for young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year at the school. The EYFS curriculum enables practitioners to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills.
We are an EYFS with high expectations of our children. We embrace open-ended learning and creativity, encourage independence in all areas and aim to motivate children to learn and teach children how to learn. The process of learning is valued over the product, which means that children are able to be truly creative and express their unique personalities. Everything we do in the EYFS builds on the foundation that parents have already built for their children.
As stated in the Statutory Framework for EYFS, the EYFS is based on four principles:
We plan to offer children a range of experiences and learning opportunities to develop all areas of the curriculum, both inside and outside the classroom.