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Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to Early Years

Life in our EYFS unit is vibrant and fun! We offer children a wide variety of multi-sensory activities which cater for individual learning styles. Our approach offers a balance between child initiated play and adult led activities. We teach the children skills to enable them to be confident readers, writers and mathematicians.

Our nurturing environment and experienced team of Teachers and Key Workers support the well-being and emotional development of all children to secure happiness and enable learning to take place.

Our Nursery

Play and exploration is fundamental to our Nursery. It means that the children are able to choose activities where they can engage with other children, adults or sometimes play alone. During these activities, the children will learn by first-hand experiences; by actively ‘doing’ as well as through scaffolding and modelling by adults. There will be a wide variety of planned and prepared activities by the adults, as well as allowing time for the children to initiate their own learning. Activities will be planned through a range of topics, as well as taking into account their learning styles and stages of development. We have a fantastic outdoor space that the children can learn in whatever the weather. The children are encouraged to develop their self-confidence, resilience to learning and independence throughout the school year.

 

Curriculum

Our Curriculum is based around the understanding that children learn best through play and active learning. Our carefully tailored planning allows us to teach across all 7 areas of learning and development. These being:

PSED-Personal Social and Emotional Development

PD- Physical Development

CL- Communication and Language

L- Literacy

M-Maths

UW-Understanding the world

EAD- Expressive Arts and Design

 

Planning

Planning in the Early Years is unique. We have a long term plan which shows the ‘themes’ we will be working on throughout the year. Our planning is always planned around a high quality text. However, it is important to note that we also follow the interests of the children. Often, the direction for our continuous provision planning can happen in the moment. We believe that children will become more absorbed in their leaning if they are excited and engaged by the content.

Nursery children celebrate book of the week
Children playing in games session
Child dressed up for national book day
Children cooking together