The Early Years Curriculum

A child’s learning journey is a continuous process...

This involves contributions from children, staff, parents and outside agencies. Your child’s Key Person will collect information to build up an accurate picture of what your child knows, understands and can do. The learning journey captures important moments, planned and spontaneous, and is focused on your child in everyday activities. Throughout the learning journey you will see links to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which is the framework used to track your child’s learning and development.

Our setting believes that all children are individuals. Children deserve a safe, secure and happy environment. Each child’s learning and development will be supported to their full potential and at their own pace.

The EYFS Curriculum

The EYFS curriculum supports children’s development from birth to the end of their first (reception) year in school. The EYFS framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children, their families and outside agencies to support their development and learning. It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can, in their earliest years of life. It is based on four important principles. These are:

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

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

Areas of Learning and Development

Within the fourth principle of the EYFS Curriculum, there are two groups within the areas of learning and develoment. These are:

Prime Areas

Prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, for building their capacity to learn and to form relationships and thrive. The three prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas

Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge children need to participate successfully in society. The four specific areas are:

  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics

We encourage families to play a major part in their child’s learning and development through discussions with key workers about interests and activities your child may enjoy at home, through developing relationships with early years providers and playing together.

Please feel free to ask to see your child’s learning journey as often as you wish!

Early learning opportunities are the key to your child’s future and families make the greatest difference at this stage. The years from birth to five see the most growth and learning for all children.