Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
At St Nicholas we aim to create a caring, welcoming environment in which the potential of each child can be fully developed. We believe that the early years are crucial in terms of their physical, intellectual, emotional, social development and well being. We encourage your child to learn to cooperate with others (e.g. share toys and equipment, play together and make things) and share their experiences with them. We provide them with suitable materials and opportunities to enable them to make a positive start to their education.
Nursery and Reception are known as the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. We recognise the essential role of parents in their child’s education. Nowhere is this more important than at the Early Years Foundation Stage. Therefore, we invite parents to work in partnership with us to ensure that your children make the best possible start.
We know every child is unique and learns in different ways, so the curriculum is tailored to their individual needs. They are helped to think critically and ask questions. The children are nurtured and cared for and encouraged to respect themselves and others, so they will grow into independent and confident adults.
Activities vary from day to day and season to season, giving children as wide a variety of experience as possible. Everything we do helps your child to learn. It may look like play to an adult, but it has a serious purpose for your child. All the activities are derived from the ‘Early Learning Goals’ which form the curriculum.
The seventeen Early Learning Goals are organised under the following seven headings:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design