Early Years Curriculum
Our nurseries in England are required to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
We take every child’s unique qualities into account when using the EYFS framework to plan their day. Within the learning and development section of the EYFS there are seven areas of learning and development which we use to shape the educational programmes in our nurseries.
We believe that children need to learn about the local community. Therefore, we will take children out on regular outings to places of interest such as local farms, parks and organisations.
Whilst all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected, the framework splits the areas of learning into ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’ areas.
The three prime areas reflect the key skills and capacities that all children need to develop and learn effectively and be ready for school. These three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
Childcare, Nursery, Preschool
Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.
We recognise each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. As children grow older, and as their development allows, it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for the more formal learning environment of a school classroom.
If you would like to know more information about EYFS then visit the Foundation Years Website here https://foundationyears.org.uk/