The curriculum is about the development of children. Everything that your child does, sees, hears, touches, smells and tastes is the curriculum because this is the way she/he learns about their world. Play is a very important part of all children’s development and we offer a safe and stimulating environment where children can build their skills, knowledge and understanding by having access to a wide range of equipment and materials.
For our children we focus on four aspects of the young child’s development:
- Positive relationships
- Learning and development
- Enabling environments
- A unique child
We believe there are strong links between children’s motivation, self-esteem and independence which lead to high achievement.
Early Years Foundation Stage
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage to support children from birth and this continues to the end of reception year in their primary school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage identifies 3 prime areas of learning:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional awareness
And 4 specific areas of learning:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Each area of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage has a number of Early Learning Goals, which set out what children should achieve by the end of reception year in their Primary School. We aim to help our children to progress to the Early Learning Goals through carefully planned activities. Children have access to a range of activities and are encouraged to make their own choices and decisions.
Children’s spiritual and moral development is an important aspect of their whole development. We foster this through giving children opportunities to share the wonder of the world, for example looking at the beauty in the world around them, a new baby, animals, flowers, shells and helping them to develop a responsibility towards their friends, other people and their environment.
If you would like to know more about the Early Years Foundation Stage, please ask a member of staff in the nursery rooms, or download a useful guide for parents here.