Foundation Stage Curriculum

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we learn through exploration and discovery with a solid basis in play. These key principles are developed through a carefully planned timetable of adult-led and child-initiated activities! We like to use the knowledge and skills learnt in adult-led activities independently throughout the day. We can access all areas which includes outdoor and indoor spaces. Resources are available to choose from at all times.

Overall our aim in the Early Years Foundation Stage is to develop secure and happy children who are confident to initiate activities independently and have the space to develop at their own pace. The EYFS is based around four themes:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environment
  • Learning and Development

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

This is a very important stage from birth to 5 and it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.  Your child’s early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

How will my child be learning?

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

There are 3 Prime Areas:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs and our framework is designed to be flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests and plan for their next steps. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.