About the Early Years Foundation Stage

About the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the period of education from birth to 5. At our school, it starts in Nursery and concludes at the end of Reception Year. During this stage the children follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum which encourages children to develop their understanding of the world by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and each other. Well planned ‘play’ is the key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Foundation Stage.

There are 7 areas of learning and development which are focused on with the most important being personal and social development and communication.  The Nursery will have planned activities that the children can access that will cover all 7 areas of learning everyday both indoors and outdoors so no matter where or how your child likes to learn they will always have the opportunity to further their learning.

The 7 areas:

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping 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.

Communication and Language involves giving children opportunities to

 experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing 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.

Understanding the world

involves guiding 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.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling 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.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.