About the

EYFS and our Nursery Curriculum

We understand how important the first five years are in a child’s life and how children’s early experiences and relationships are vital for child development and helping to shape their future.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and safe care for children aged 0 to 5 year olds. It ensures children have a broad range of knowledge and skills for future success and promotes high quality teaching and learning to ensure children are well prepared for their transition to school.

There are seven areas of learning and development outlined in the EYFS that we use to shape our curriculum. The ‘prime areas’ provide a fundamental base for children’s learning and development and they underpin learning in the four specific areas. All areas of learning carry equal importance in a child’s development and are interconnected.

Prime Areas

• Communication and language (CL)
• Physical development (PD)
• Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)

Specific Areas

• Literacy (L)
• Mathematics (M)
• Understanding the world (UTW)
• Expressive arts and design (EAD)

Our practice is shaped by the four guiding principles as outlined in the EYFS:

• 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 with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time.

• Importance of learning and development and understanding that children develop and learn at different rates.

Our highly skilled and experienced Teaching Practitioners support our children through their own individual unique learning and development journey. We work closely in partnership with our parents so we can plan for effective learning at Nursery and so learning can be continued and extended at home. This ensures our children have the opportunity to reach their full potential on their own individual pathway.

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Curriculum Intent

At Kidspace our intention is to provide a broad and ambitious curriculum for our children which gives them the essential knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. 

 

We have high aspirations for all of our children and we celebrate each child’s unique knowledge and experiences and intend to cumulatively build on what they know as well as providing a breadth of new rich learning opportunities. This prepares children for their next stage of development and education and enables each unique child to achieve their full potential.

 

We put the children at the heart of everything we do. In our programme we intend to promote the holistic development of our children by providing exciting outdoor learning opportunities. We aim to inspire our children to develop a love for learning outdoors and exploring through natural learning. By adopting a holistic approach we intend to have a high emphasis on supporting the emotional wellbeing of our children through strong key person relationships. This enables and nurtures them to become happy, confident, independent and well-rounded individuals who are motivated, enthusiastic and love to learn.

 

Implementation

We follow the statutory framework outlined within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)  and the Development Matters guidance and create exciting experiences and learning opportunities so our children can excel in all 7 areas of learning. We consider how our children like to learn and promote the characteristics of effective learning by providing opportunities to promote

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically.

We consider our children’s interests and incorporate these into our activities and learning experiences as we understand that children learn more effectively when engaged in activities that they are interested in. We adopt a play-based approach to learning and implement our ambitious curriculum through a mixture of:

  • Child initiated play
  • Skilfully planned Adult-led activities and experiences
  • In the moment planning
  • Providing a rich and exciting learning environment as a third teacher to spark curiosity and to ensure learning can be embedded long term by being practiced and built upon.

We encourage the use of loose parts and open-ended resources to offer a wider variety of opportunities by allowing children to think critically and creatively to encourage discovery, collaboration, risk-taking and movement.

We promote the physical health, and mental health and wellbeing of our children by offering opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities such as yoga, PE and music and movement. We spend most of the day outdoors in the fresh air where children can access teaching and outdoor learning to develop their personal, social and emotional development and this enables them to become well-round individuals.

We educate our children on the world around them and actively involve them in our local community including regular walks in the community/parks, visits to local farms, shops and libraries and we regularly support local community events. We encourage children to develop a ‘love of reading’ and support our children to develop their vocabulary, communication and language through stories, songs and rhymes.

 

Impact

Our children are highly motivated, curious and enthusiastic learners. They are happy and enjoy their time at Nursery. They have positive attitudes towards play and learning and they have a thirst for learning. They are confident, resilient individuals who have high levels of self-esteem and feel safe and secure. They thrive in social situations and build excellent relationships with their peers and understand rules and boundaries. They have developed a love of reading and can communicate and use new vocabulary effectively. All children including those with additional needs thrive and children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) achieve the best possible outcomes. All of our children are fully prepared for their next stage of education including their all-important transition to school.

We promote the physical health, mental health and wellbeing of our children by offering opportunities to participate in activities such as yoga, PE, music and discussions. We promote friendships and build strong relationships with each other.

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