Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Lead:
The Nursery and Reception classes make up the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The EYFS is based around four themes. These are;
• A Unique Child
• Positive Relationships
• Enabling Environments
• Learning and Development
Each theme is linked to an important principle:
A Unique Child - Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Enabling Environments - Children learn and develop in enabling environments, in which the provision responds to individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioner and parents and carers.
Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways. The curriculum covers education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Our curriculum is also split into Characteristics of Effective Learning and Areas of Learning and Development, which are all interconnected.
Characteristics of Effective Learning are the ways in which each child engages with other people and their environment;
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
Areas of Learning and Development are split into Prime and Specific Areas;
Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
At Forest Hall we deliver the EYFS through a curriculum which is centred around topics and themes which the children help to generate. We strive to provide the children with an experience which they will find exciting, engaging and rewarding. Consequently, the children are able to develop the foundations they will require for future learning.