Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage
Our aim is for the children in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to become independent learners who have a positive attitude and disposition towards learning. To help the children in our care reach this goal, we acknowledge that children need to be actively engaged in the search for meaning and that they do not distinguish between ‘work’ and ‘play’.
Our curriculum allows for both child planned and initiated activities (free-flow) and adult planned and initiated activities (focus). These build on the children’s interests and on what they know and can do. All our learning and teaching, planning and assessing are underpinned by ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ (DfE, 2012), which sets out the statutory requirements and practice guidance for this phase of education.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage document sets out four overarching principles that should shape practice in any early years setting. These are:
• every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
• children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
• children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
• children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.