The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Understanding the world; and
Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
At Medstead Pre-school & Nursery we offer a structured and sequenced curriculum to ensure progression and continuity in all areas of learning, with different themes each half term. The children are guided and encouraged to explore, learn and develop their skills through various activities, some of which do not always appear to be useful, but are actually very valuable.
Children learn more in the first 5 years of their life than at any other time. Each child is unique, acquiring skills and developing at their own pace. We aim to support every child to reach their full potential in carefully planned activities. We also offer support to children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities where it is agreed that we can meet the needs of the child.
How we support Learning & Development