The EYFS

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

At Grandpont we follow the the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
 
The "Foundation Years" website provides a really useful guide to the EYFS for parents.
 
Learning and development

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
At Grandpont Nursery School we follow the guidance for the Early Years curriculum as described here. Additionally, the Teaching and Learning Policy in which this curriculum is embedded can be found on our policies page.