Early Years Policy

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year and is based upon four principles;

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right and it provides thefoundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework Department for Children, Schools & Families 2012

A unique child

We recognise that every child has the potential to be a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We understand that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use praise and encouragement to develop a positive attitude to learning.

Positive relationships
We recognise that children learn to be strong and independent through secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful and professional relationships with the children and their families.

Enabling environments
We recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. Through observations we assess the children’s interests, stages of development and learning needs before planning both realistic and challenging activities and experiences to extend their learning.

Learning and development
The Foundation Stage area is organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are areas where the children can be active, quiet and rest. The area is organised to ensure children are able to find and locate equipment and resources independently.