The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, pre-schools, nurseries and school reception classes. At Field House, your child will learn through play within the nursery and reception classes, in these seven areas of learning:
1. Communication and language (CL) - which focuses on listening, attention, understanding and speaking.
2. Physical development (PD) - which focuses on gross and fine motor skills.
3. Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) - which focusses on self-regulation, managing self and building relationships.
4. Literacy (L) - which focuses on comprehension, word reading and writing.
5. Mathematics (M) - which focuses on number and numerical patterns.
6. Understanding the world (UW) - which focuses on past and present, people, culture and communities and the natural world.
7. Expressive arts and design (EAD) - which focuses on creating with materials and being imaginative and expressive.
In the EYFS (nursery and reception), the children’s social skills are developed and a disposition towards learning encouraged that gives them a good start in their school life. Activities are carefully planned to encourage the children to become active learners through playing, exploring, creating and thinking. In our early years learning environments we meet the individual needs and interests of all our children by providing a balance between child-initiated learning, under the guidance of our staff, and activities that are planned and led by an adult.
The nursery and reception staff follow a thematic curriculum, providing learning opportunities across all seven areas, through carefully selected topics. Our topics are chosen to ensure good coverage and breath of learning. They are very flexible and can be adapted to reflect the interests and needs of the children in any given cohort.
Within EYFS we are very fortunate to have outdoor areas attached to the nursery and reception classrooms where the children can take their learning outside, whatever the weather! We also have grassed areas, growing spaces, an adventure trail, a climbing fort with slide, a MUGA and various play spaces to encourage and develop physical play.
Please take a look at the long-term plans for nursery and reception below and read more on the class information pages. For further information on the children’s learning throughout early years, please make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher.