Early Years Foundation Stage
Welcome to Kingshurst Early Years Foundation Stage
At Kingshurst in our Early Years Foundation stage, it is
our intent to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which addresses the children’s social, emotional, physical, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
Learning is fun and we strongly believe in play, first hand learning and valuing the importance of the outdoor environment to develop children’s thinking and problem solving skills. We provide children with a safe and stimulating environment where children flourish.
We strive to equip children with a love of learning and a natural curiosity.
We pride ourselves on listening to children and those who care for them, using this information to personalise each child’s learning. Developing positive partnerships with parents and/or carers and other practitioners linked to supporting children in our Early Years.
We are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life, teaching them skills which ensure their well-being now and success in the future. We plan transition activities so children transfer between year groups smoothly and confidently. Every child is included and supported through equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
Overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage
To implement our EYFS curriculum we begin each new year by looking at the individual needs of our children and take into account their different starting points to develop our flexible curriculum which enables them to follow the path of their learning journey, at a point, that is suitable for their unique needs and stage of development.
The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Interlinked with these subject areas are the children’s characteristics of learning which we support and help develop by providing children with opportunities to initiate ideas and activities so that they can develop the learning characteristics which are assessed by the EYFS profile. The following characteristics also support lifelong learning:
• Are willing to have a go
• Are involved and concentrating
• Have their own ideas
• Choose ways to do things
• Find new ways of doing things / problem solving
• Enjoy achieving what they set out to do