Early Years Curriculum
This information is currently correct, but will be updated to take into account the new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which came into effect in September 2012.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Founation Stage Curriculum became statutory for all schools and early years providers in OFSTED registered settings in September 2008. The EYFS principles are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes:
A Unique Child
Recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
How children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and / or a key person.
Acknowledges that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development
Recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
The areas of learning and development are divided into six areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn.
Communication, Language and Literacy
Helping children to communicate by speaking and listening, reading and writing and using their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.
Problem-Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Helping children to seek patterns, make connections and solve problems through working with numbers and counting, with sorting and matching and with shape, space and measures.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Helping children to make sense of the world by using a range of tools and materials, and finding out about creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations.
Helping children to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement, and to develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices.
Helping to develop children’s creativity through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, and design and technology.
None of these areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All the areas are delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.