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  • New Life Nursery School
    80 High Street
    Kings Heath
    Birmingham
    B14 7JZ
    Tel: 0121 444 1230

    Early Years Curriculum

    This information is currently correct, but will be updated to take into account the new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which comes into force with effect from 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.

    Positive Relationships

    How children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and / or a key person.

    Enabling Environments

    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.

    Physical Development

    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.

    Creative Development

    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.