Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a universal curriculum for children from birth to 5 years which must be delivered by all Ofsted registered early years settings. We use the EYFS as a framework for enriching and broadening children’s experiences through a balance of exciting play opportunities and adult-guided activities that are planned in response to the needs of our children, families and community.
Through this curriculum our children develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that equip them well for the next stage of their learning in school.
Your children’s learning will link to the areas of learning set out in the Early Years Foundation stage, which are summarised here, and all activities will be appropriately planned to the relevant stage of development and understanding of the children:
We help 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.
We provide children with opportunities to experience a rich language environment, including hearing stories and joining in with songs and rhymes every day; they develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
We provide opportunities for young 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.
We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children have access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
We provide children with 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 measures.
We guide 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.
We enable 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.