Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning, together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
How we deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage
In line with current Early Years thinking, we believe, through play, children learn many skills and concepts, enabling them to begin to make sense of the world around them. Through our carefully planned play environment, children are able to use language to express thoughts and feelings in real life and play situations, make choices and decisions and use all their senses to explore, investigate and problem solve.
Using information shared from home, their interests, preferences and life experiences, each child is supported to develop from their own individual starting points.
In an environment that respects and values the thoughts, ideas and input of every child, children feel confident to take risks in their learning and try new things, they are able to practice their skills, test their theories and build on what they already know. When children are positively encouraged to follow their own thoughts and ideas, they are truly motivated to learn, create and be creative, developing the skills and characteristics needed to become lifelong successful learners.