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Early years foundation stage curriculum

Children learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. We plan the curriculum in line with the EYFS framework supporting resources to help us meet these requirements.

All children learn in a variety of ways. We aim to support and encourage every child to ‘have a go’ and use their imaginations to discover and explore their environment. Play teaches children a wide range of life skills and helps to develop their social, emotional, physical, cognitive skills as well as communication and language, thus enriching their development and help them to make sense of the world around them. Some learning through play activities include stories, songs, role play, outdoor play, arts and crafts, sand and water play and much much more!

Children are guided by the tugboats teachers who will look carefully at the child as an individual, taking into consideration their needs, interests and stages of development to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences across all areas of learning and development.

Early years foundation stage curriculum areas:

Prime areas
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
Specific areas
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

Children gain independence to reach their potential and thoroughly enjoy learning along side their peers.

Four themes and principles of the EYFS

A Unique Child Positive relationships Enabling environments Learning & development
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equality important and inter-connected.

A Unique Child

Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable and self-assured.

Positive relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning & development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equality important and inter-connected.

Play time is an important stage of development for building positive relationships, encouraging the use of imagination in role play and learning spatial awareness.

“The goal of Early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn”

Maria Montessori