At Flatts Nursery School, we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing solid foundations that children are going to continue to build upon. It is our intent that the children "grow strong roots"; physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst developing a love for lifelong learning. We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to achieve their full, unique potential. With this in mind we use learning walls in the classroom to identify each child's next steps, we then carefully develop our flexible EYFS Curriculum which enables them to grow and develop along their own learning journey.
Children in our Nursery follow the EYFS Curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.
The Prime Areas
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific Areas
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts
The teaching of these areas of learning is practical and playful with support and challenge from adults in Key Group Sessions, small group sessions and working with individuals. There is a combination of adult-led, teacher taught sessions as well as a wealth of stimulating continuous provision opportunities.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Alongside the Prime and Specific Areas, the EYFS Curriculum focusses on the ways children learn, the skills they will need to be successful lifelong learners. These characteristics are separated into three areas:
Playing and exploring - engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to 'have a go'
Active Learning - motivation
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically - thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing ways to do things
We strive to provide opportunities and encouragement which develop these skills to enable our children to draw upon them throughout their life.
The Leuven Scale of Well-Being and Involvement
When observing our children, we look carefully at their well-being and involvement, this is tracked throughout the year. A happy, involved child is one who can experience the world at its fullest. If a child has low well-being they are going to find it difficult to engage with opportunities in the setting. If a child has low levels of involvement they are going to miss out on a deeper level of learning. At Flatts Nursery School we track these levels and strive for high levels of involvement and high levels of well-being - this is the perfect recipe for our children to thrive.
Our learning environments, both inside and outside are adapted to meet the different and developing needs of the children in our care. We aim to ensure that these areas are always stimulating and exciting and importantly they are accessible to all children regardless of where they are on their learning journey. The environments are developed to promote independence within our children and allow them to access the curriculum independently and confidently with the necessary level of support and challenge.
Children are assessed continuously through accurate and important observations. These vital snapshots into our children's learning provide the crucial information for future planning, not only for our key groups but also for individual children's next steps in their learning. These observations enable the practitioners to ensure learning is embedded and consistent and that all children make good progress within our nursery setting.
At Flatts Nursery School we strongly believe that by developing strong roots and nurturing our children, they will grow into independent and resilient individuals with a passion for learning.