The EYFS is based upon four principles:
A Unique Child
We recognise that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We understand that children develop in individual ways, at different times. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by many things. We use praise and problem solving to encourage the children to find their own ways to complete learning tasks. With the support of our evidence gathering app both teachers and families alike can capture and share learning opportunities that will create a well rounded picture of each and every child.
We understand that children learn to be strong and independent by developing secure relationships with the adults and others around them. Every child has a role in society and we aim to teach the children how to become responsible members of their family, school and wider communities. We aim to develop caring, respectful and professional relationships with the children and their families.
We recognise that the environment in which the children learn is the “third teacher”. It plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. Through ongoing observations we assess the children’s interests and stages of development before planning challenging yet achievable activities and experiences to extend their learning for each individual child.
Learning and development
Our foundation stage has one nursery classroom and one reception classroom both with access to outdoor classrooms. All our learning environments are organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are areas where the children can be active, be quiet and rest. The environment is set up daily by staff to encompass all seven areas of learning and gives the children opportunity to be independent and self selective in their learning challenges.