In our school, we recognize that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them fulfill their potential. We know that children’s experiences within the first five years have a major impact on their life.
In our Early Years, we embrace and use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum because it sets clear standards that childcare providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop and are kept healthy and safe. It also covers the first stage of child care, learning and development from birth to 5 years old.
We take the approach that each child is unique, with special talents and abilities and an individual learning style and can be resilient, confident and self-assured, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. We acknowledge that children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
Since children learn in different ways and at different rates, we believe that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected and have designed our program to develop and nurture an inquisitive approach to learning where making mistakes is viewed as an important part of the learning process. In educating our children to become strong, responsible, independent learners, we recognize that the learning environment plays a key role in supporting and extending a child’s development.
Our Early Years classes offer a safe, caring learning environment, which promotes physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being, with good communications skills, as part of the core curriculum. We have a strong focus on developing key literacy and numeracy skills, artistic abilities and interests and a general knowledge and understanding of the world.
In addition to the core curriculum, we also offer a rich programme of class trips and extracurricular activities, and work in close partnership with parents to support our children on their learning journey throughout their stay in Early Years.