The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)
Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. The EYFS sets the national standards for the care, learning and development of babies and children up to the age of five. The EYFS framework focuses on learning through play, as research shows that for our babies and youngest children, children’s potential for learning is maximised when they are deeply engaged in quality play experiences. As famous child psychologist Jean Piaget said, "Play is the work of children." This EYFS framework enables our team to plan and provide a wide range of stimulating activities – from baking, to messy play, to role play and dance – each activity can be specifically tailored to a child’s needs, likes and interests. This ensures that key areas of learning and development are covered in new and exciting ways and helps us to work in partnership with parents to find out about children’s interests and suggest ways to help their learning and development at home. Children’s potential for learning through play is also supported by carefully planned and resourced learning environments, inside or out, along with clear routines which give children a sense of belonging and structure to their day. Our team of nursery practitioners observe how children are developing their skills and plan for next steps in learning to ensure our children can learn at their own pace and are ready for their next stages of learning: in their learning, their communication and language, their physical development and their social and emotional development.