The Foundation Stage
A quality start to the learning journey
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.” EYFS statutory guidance
Our Early Years Vision
We aspire to give children the best possible start to their learning journey. We will inspire children with curiosity, creativity, perseverance and resilience.
We will support the children to achieve the highest possible standards to reach their full potential.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The EYFS supports an ‘integrated approach’ to early education and care. It sets out principles and commitments to ensure that there are high quality education and care experiences for all children. Indoor and outdoor play are essential for young children to enable them to explore and discover. We actively encourage children to engage in key learning experiences, both in the indoor and outdoor environments.
The Principles of the EYFS:
A Unique Child – We believe that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We recognise that children learn and develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influences by consistent and regular feedback so we use praise and encouragement as well as celebration and rewards to develop a positive attitude towards learning.
Positive relationships – We recognise that children learn to be strong and independent from a base of secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful and professional relationships with all children and their families.
Enabling environments – We recognise the key role the environment plays in supporting and extending children’s development. Through regular observation, we assess children’s interests, stages of development and learning needs, before planning challenging and achievable activities and experiences which will extend their learning.
Learning and development – The foundation unit is organised so as to allow children to explore and learn in security and safety. There are areas where children can be quiet and rest as well as places to be active and energetic. The space is set up into learning areas or zones and children are able to locate and find equipment and resources independently. Children are able to access indoor and outdoor experiences every day.
The characteristics of effective learning are also promoted through quality early years experiences. These are:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
Children learn through seven key areas of learning: all of these areas are essential for young children and are inter-connected. There are three prime areas which are the building blocks and need to be in place before the specific areas can be developed. The prime areas are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. The specific areas are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.