Early Years Foundation Stage

Our curriculum is informed by the themes and principles of the EYFS which supports all seven areas of learning.

A Unique Child: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments with teaching and support from adults: The environment (physical and emotional) plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. Staff form strong bonds with children in order to respond to their individual interests and needs.

Learning and Development: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important. The Prime Areas though are the key to accessing the rest of the curriculum so we prioritise the children becoming secure in these areas.

We recognise the central importance of the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning and this helps to inform our ‘A Happy Child’ wheel of intent, implement and impact.

At Freshfield, the Prime Areas are our main focus. We create activities through these to develop the specific areas of learning. We believe that building positive relationships with each unique child in a well-planned nursery environment, tailored to meet interests and needs, encourages effective learning, development and progress. We have reflected on the experience of being a child at Freshfield Nursery School. Our children have choices and independence and engage in sustained shared thinking with adults and their peers. We work ‘In The Moment’ as we believe the majority of children’s learning can arise from them following their interests and being supported by tuned in, sensitive adults who model, encourage and demonstrate to support each child’s next steps in learning. 

Please see attached document – What-to-expect-in-the-EYFS-complete-FINAL-16.09-compressed

Please see attached document – When Should I Worry


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