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Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

In the Nursery and Reception classes children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). They are formally assessed on entry to the Foundation Stage and again when they finish this stage of their education through the EYFS Profile. Ongoing daily / weekly assessments are made throughout the EYFS in order to plan each child’s next step in their learning. At Cale Green we recognise the importance of the Early Years – we all remember our first teachers and first days at school! We work hard to ensure that each child has a successful induction to the school and we visit children at home before they start school and work with any pre-school providers. The Foundation Stage prepares children for their school life as well as preparing them for future learning and success in Key Stage 1 and beyond. Children in the EYFS (Nursery and Reception) learn through purposeful play, by exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. ‘Learning Challenges’ are used as a basis for exploration, thinking, consolidation of learning and reflection. We plan and provide an active, engaging and exciting range of experiences which supports children’s development and learning needs. Our children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Most children develop the 3 prime areasfirst. These are: • Communication and language • Physical development • Personal, social and emotional development These prime areas are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: • Literacy • Mathematics • Understanding the world • Expressive arts and design. These 7 areas underpin your child’s learning and activities. The adults supporting your child make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This curriculum is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s needs and interests.

Further details of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Profile can be accessed by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/improving-the-quality-and-range-of-education-and-childcare-from-birth-to-5-years/supporting-pages/early-years-foundation-stage

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