Our early years setting follows the curriculum as outlined in the latest version of the EYFS statutory framework that applies from September 2021.
The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
- Communication and Language. These outcomes cover important aspects of language development and provide the foundation for literacy. The Early Years Policy places a strong emphasis on children’s developing confidence and skills in expressing themselves in a range of situations and their competence in talking and listening and in becoming readers and writers.
- Physical Development. Physical development is implicit in all areas of the Early Years Programme. Teaching concentrates on developing the children’s physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills in indoor and outdoor environments. Positive attitudes are encouraged towards a healthy and active way of life, and towards healthy choices in food.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These outcomes focus on children learning how to work, play, co-operate with others and function in a group beyond the family. They cover important aspects of personal, social, moral and spiritual development including the development of personal values and an understanding of themselves and of others.
- Literacy. Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are encouraged to access a wide range of stories and non-fiction texts, which are frequently used to inspire storytelling, role play and activities across all areas of learning.
- Mathematics. These outcomes cover important aspects of mathematical understanding and provide the foundation for numeracy. They focus on achievement through practical activities and are using and understanding language in the development of simple mathematical ideas.
- Understanding the World. This area of learning and enquiry focuses on developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of their environment, other people and features of the natural and man-made world. It provides a foundation for historical, geographical, scientific and technological learning.
- Expressive arts and design. This area focuses on the development of children’s imagination and their ability to communicate and to express ideas and feelings in creative ways. None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities.
Play in the EYFS
Play underpins our Early Years. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children, their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults. Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practice new ideas and skills; they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others. The role that adults have is crucial. They value play and provide safe but challenging environments that support and extend learning and development.
Our EYFS operates on a free flow system. All children have equal access to outdoor play, inclusive of all weathers. The children are always supervised, both inside and outside. Adults are experienced and have a good understanding about their role in facilitating each child’s learning.
Our global curriculum begins from early years and lends itself to their focus on understanding the world. The children focus on a global perspective, and this influences the provision. Nursery begin by learning about identity and diversity to develop a sense of self.