The Early Years Foundation Stage is a comprehensive framework, setting standards for the learning, development and care of children. It runs from birth to the age of 5 at the end of the reception year. At West Hallam Village Pre-school we follow the EYFS curriculum providing a nurturing and inclusive ethos for the well-being of pupils.
The Pre-school offers a play-based curriculum where children learn at their own pace in a relaxed and nurturing environment.
We believe that it is fundamental to work in partnership with our families and our community to provide the best possible start to learning for all the children, understanding that all children are unique and individuals.
The EYFS is important in preparing children for later schooling. Young children learn best through play and the Early Years Foundation Stage offers a broad and purposeful curriculum that is delivered through planned and supported play activities, based on children’s interests. This helps to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential and experience the best possible start to their education. The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around four themes as follows.
A Unique Child
Learning and Development
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self -assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.
Altogether the seven areas and the characteristics make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for young children as they grow, learn and develop.
During their time in the foundation Stage (Pre-School and Reception year), children progress through each area guided by the 'Development Matters in the EYFS' to work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected.
‘The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.’
The Characteristics of Effective Learning are used within our observation, assessment and planning cycles in the EYFS.
The specific areas of learning
These areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society and they develop from the prime areas.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning
These are the ways in which each child engages with other people and their environment. They underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to become an effective and motivated learner.
The prime areas of Learning and development
They are fundamental and develop quickly in response to relationships and experience. They run through and support learning in all other areas of the curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of seven different areas of Learning and Development (three Prime and 4 Specific) and The Characteristics of Effective Learning:
Playing and exploring – engagement
Active learning – motivation
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
The Characteristics of Effective learning support the development of the Unique Child in how children are learning.