Early Years Foundation Stage
In the early years at Washingwell we want children to be happy, confident, well rounded individuals with a love for learning. We are committed to providing the best possible start to their school life, teaching them skills and providing experiences which will ensure their well-being now and success in the future
We provide all children with a safe and stimulating environment that builds on each individual’s wants, needs and interests. Children are given the opportunity to learn through play as well as through focused adult led activities. Adults provide high quality interactions and are role models for learning. Learning is fun, engaging and suitably challenging. We also value the importance of learning through the outdoors and believe that it offers children the opportunity to develop their thinking and problem solving skills further.
Our Early Years Curriculum:
High quality early years education is about so much more than just learning numbers and letters. It is about developing the whole child – learning to be confident, sociable, independent and inquisitive. It is about having a positive attitude and forming positive relationships. What your child learns during their Nursery and Reception years will build upon the experiences they have already learnt at home. Young children learn by watching and doing, by exploring and investigating, by listening and speaking, by creating and experimenting. If children learn to ‘have a go’ they can learn from their mistakes and not be afraid to try again.
Our school bases the core work in Nursery and Reception around the Early Years Foundation Stage for 0 to 5 year olds:
All aspects of children’s growth and development are woven together but they can be separated into 7 different areas of learning. The 7 areas are split into 3 prime areas (these are the areas the children should mostly develop first and 4 specific areas (these will develop as the child grows.)
The Prime Areas:
The Specific areas:
These 7 areas are used to plan children’s learning experiences, with activities that match individual needs.
Please click below to see the relevant annual overview for your child: