Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage
At Holy Family we believe the Early Years Foundation Stage plays a vital part in children's development and equips them with the necessary skills to become life long learners. We believe children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. Our Early Years practice is based on on-going observation and assessment of the children and their interests.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage we base our learning opportunities on the Early Years Statutory Framework, which consists of 7 areas of learning and the Characteristics of Learning:
Prime areas of Learning
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language development
- Physical development
Specific areas of learning
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Characteristics of learning
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
- 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 school and home.
- 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.
Our nursery curriculum is underpinned by our own vision, a sound early years pedagogy and is driven by inspirational books and current research. At Holy family nursery we appreciate that for most children and their families, this is the first experiences of a school environment. We therefore strive to provide children with the best possible start to their learning journeys, through inspiring a love of learning and providing a nurturing, play-based environment.
It is our aim at Holy Family nursery, that our curriculum is child-led, which is influenced and shaped by the children's current interests. Each half term we plan our learning opportunities on a theme and children are actively involved in sharing ideas and choosing linked activities. We follow objective-led planning (Inspired by Alistair Bryce-Clegg), whereby the curriculum objectives are delivered through a child-centred approach. We strive to have a balance between structured and child-initiated learning, alongside high quality adult-child interactions, where learning is extended and scaffolded so that children develop and move on with their learning when they are enagaged in the moment. Our learning environment is set up to allow them to demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways, with the adults in the setting supporting and extending children on a small group or 1:1 basis. We ensure that all resources are accessible in the classroom so that children can choose their own activity and the resources that they would need in order to carry it out. It is these independent experiences that the adults in the class will be monitoring and assessing in an ongoing way.
See below for our thematic planning:
What does early maths and literacy look like in Nursery?