We believe that it is important to provide an Early Years Education that aims to meet the individual needs of every child in our care, both educationally and pastorally.
Children develop most quickly in the Early Years and high quality early learning provides the foundation children need to fulfil their potential to make the most of their abilities as they grow up.
We offer children rich experiences in a variety of situations, in a happy, active, safe and secure environment that invites them to engage fully in their learning. We support development, care and learning needs through play following the Early Years
Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), striving to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all
children from birth to 5. It provides the opportunity for learning and development to take place hand in hand by giving opportunities to develop in all 7 areas.
The EYFS focuses on seven areas of learning, these are:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Communication & Language
- Physical Development
- Literacy Development
- Expressive, Arts & Design
- Understanding the World
Learning and development in the EYFS
At Seabridge Primary School, learning and development in Nursery and Reception takes place through a wide range of adult-directed and child-initiated and enhanced activities. Learning through play and first hand practical experiences provide the
children with the opportunity to develop in all seven areas of learning. This can also be interlinked i.e several areas of learning and development will take place during any one activity. We currently provide a rolling program of topics throughout the Nursery
and Reception classes and parents are encouraged to support their children with their learning. We incorporate the children’s interests and ideas within the planning to provide personalised learning experiences. The foundation stage classes are
adjacent to each other and we have a shared outdoor area where all foundation stage children can learn together.
Characteristics of Learning
We also integrate the Characteristics of Effective Learning into all aspects of the EYFS curriculum. These are:
- Playing and Exploring – engagement
This incorporates finding out and exploring. Playing with what they know and being willing to have a go.
- Active Learning –motivation
This is how involved the child is, how well they concentrate, keep trying and how they
enjoy achieving what they set out to do.
- Creating and thinking critically – thinking.
Do they have their own ideas, how they make links with their learning and choose ways to do things.