Early Years Foundation Stage
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the Early Years has a major impact on their future life. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important and provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities as they grow through school life.
We work closely with parents to gain an insight into their child’s interests, to provide the best possible learning opportunities.
‘Teaching should not be taken to imply a ‘top down’ or formal way of working. It is a broad term which covers the many different ways in which adults help young children learn. It includes their interactions with children during planned and child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating and setting challenges. It takes account of the equipment they provide and the attention to the physical environment as well as the structure and routines of the day that establish expectations. Integral to teaching is how practitioners assess what children know, understand and can do as well as take account of their interests and dispositions to learning (characteristics of effective learning), and use this information to plan children’s next steps in learning and monitor their progress.’ (Early years inspection handbook, Ofsted, June 2015)
At St Michael’s, learning through play underpins the delivery of the Early Years curriculum. We provide well planned experiences based on the children’s interests both indoors and outdoors, with staff supporting children to learn with enjoyment and challenge.
The curriculum covers seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Arts and Design