In September 2012 we began using the government’s new curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The learning and development requirements comprise of seven areas of learning and development and the educational programmes which set out what will be covered in each age group. The early learning goals, which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception year; and the assessment requirements (when and how practitioners must assess children’s achievements, and when and how they should discuss children’s progress with parents and/or carers).
The seven areas of learning include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world; expressive arts and design.
Four guiding principles shape our practice. These are:
- 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 practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
- 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.
If parents would like to see the curriculum, programmes of study for each year or our strategy for assessment they should contact school where the documents will be made available to them.
It provides standards that measure how well children are doing in each subject so that teachers can plan to help them do better.