Learning and teaching in nursery and reception classes is underpinned by the statutory framework for the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Children grow and develop towards the Early Learning Goals.
Planning for this curriculum is informed by practitioners’ observations of children’s interests, progress and enthusiasms, defined as ‘characteristics of effective learning’. These are
- playing and exploring
- active learning
- creating and thinking critically.
If children move into Year One without having reached the Early Learning Goals they continue to be taught in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Transition to the Year One curriculum does not happen at a point in time but rather when children have reached that stage in their development.
Children will start in nursery or Reception having had a range of different experiences. We consider their individual needs and achievements and plan a range of learning experiences that will help them make progress. Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge, both within the indoor and outdoor learning environments.
We make sure children feel comfortable and cared for, that they can grow confident, feel valued and be able to make long lasting relationships. The curriculum is planned around seven areas of learning and development. All areas are important and inter-connected.