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All children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our Key Person system enables us to ensure activities are planned to meet the needs and interests of each individual child while working within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of adult input, our setting prepares the children to progress with confidence towards more formal schooling.
The EYFS has seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four more specific areas. Many of the activities we provide for our children will cover these areas in a holistic manner while the children play.
You can find more information about your child's journey through the Early Years on the EYFS web site.
Areas of learning
- Communication and language development - This involves giving our children the opportunity 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.
- Physical development - Here we provide many opportunities for our 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 and self care.
- 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 development - This involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will enjoy stories and rhymes read to them and will be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
- Mathematics - Our children are given a wide variety of opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
- 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 both natural and man made.
- 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, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology