In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. Our Early Years practice is based on on-going observation and assessment of the children and their interests using the ‘objective-led planning’ approach.

We make full use of the children’s interests and fascinations and sometimes these will form the focus of short theme’s/topics. New stimuli are also used to help broaden children’s interests and experiences.

We pay attention to coverage of each strand of learning, linking in learning where it is most appropriate within our themes. Through careful planning, we ensure that by the end of the year, each strand has the coverage needed to ensure children progress towards the ELG and often beyond.

Prime areas of Learning

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development

Specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design