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Early Years Education

 

Depending on certain criteria being met, some children are entitled to free funding from the age of two years to attend weekly Pre-School/Nursery School. 

 

All children from the age of three years are entitled to fifteen hours weekly of free funding.  Working parents might also be able to claim up to thirty hours free funding depending on certain criteria being met.  

 

 

Children's education from 0-5yrs is referred to as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and children complete their last year of this stage during their first year at Primary School (Reception Class).


The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being.

 

A Unique Child

Recognising that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self- assured. The commitments are focused around development; inclusion; safety; and health and well-being.

 

This describes how children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. The commitments are focused around respect; partnership with parents; supporting learning; and the role of the key person.

 

Enabling Environments

This describes how children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. The commitments are focused around respect; partnership with parents; supporting learning; and the role of the key person.

 

Learning and Development

Recognising that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

Children are competent learners from birth and develop and learn in a wide variety of ways.The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

 

There are 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning covered by the Early Learning Goals and educational programmes.

 

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

 

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 

For each area the Early Learning Goals state what is expected that children will know, and be able to do by the end of the reception year in their education.

None of these areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from others. All the areas will be delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.

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