Early Years Foundation Stage at Playaway

At Playaway Pre-school we aim to provide a broad, balanced and challenging educational programme which meets the individual needs of each child's age and stage of development. Practitioners are guided by The Early Years Foundation Stage to deliver a curriculum based on the four key themes:

  • Unique Child - every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

  • Positive Relationships - children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person

  • Enabling Environments - the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning

  • Learning and Development - children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected
  • (DCSF, 2007:05)

Children are born with a wealth of knowledge of their home life and the world around them. At Playaway Pre-school we aim to offer a caring, stimulating, challenging and engaging environment with activities that continue to support their learning and development. We ensure that all activities promote and enhance our children's self-esteem thus supporting their self-identity whilst developing their skills, knowledge and understanding of the world we live in.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is divided into the following seven areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

For each area of development the guidance sets out clear goals which are the expectations for most children to reach or exceed by the end of the reception year. In addition, it supports the practitioners to observe, plan and assess the individual needs and development for all the children.

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