For our Nursery and Reception classes, we follow the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 2021. This lays a secure foundation for future learning that is planned around the needs and interests of each individual child. At Barnet Hill we recognise that every child is unique and all children learn and develop in various ways and have their own learning styles. They learn by exploring, playing, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which is facilitated both indoors and outdoors at all times. There is a mixture of child-initiated and teacher-led learning opportunities for all children daily.
Children are equipped with social skills of sharing and caring, following instructions and are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills through interactions with their peers as well as the adults in the environment.
The 3 Areas of Learning and Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are:
Communication and Language (C&L) / Phonics taught using 'Bug Club Phonics'
Physical Development (PD)
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
These areas are particularly crucial in developing a child's independence; building confidence to express themselves; learning about self-care and enhancing their coordination skills.
The 4 specific areas in the EYFS, through which the 3 Prime Areas are strengthened and applied, are:
Understanding the world;
Expressive Arts and Design.
All our children have access to a stimulating and challenging environment that has a strong emphasis on learning through play and first hand experiences. Our planning is based on the principle that children learn most effectively when they are interested and motivated by the activities they engage in. This is facilitated by our qualified team of practitioners who are the prime resource in assisting all children to excel in their learning and development. Children’s individual interests form the basis of our planning which has a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities, ensuring differentiation according to each child's age and stage.
'Young Brushers' Resources
My Toothbrushing Chart
NHS Tips for Brushing Teeth
Early Years' Resources
EYFS Guide for Parents