Nursery and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Early Years Curriculum

DSC_7600The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. The curriculum is delivered through the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, revised in April 2017.  At the HJPS Nursery, this is integrated with a Jewish Studies curriculum.  Meaningful cross-curricular links are made where possible and all key events in the Jewish calendar are celebrated.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on four themes: A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments, Learning and Development

Our practice at HJPS Nursery is underpinned by these four themes.

A Unique Child 

“Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.” Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017

Positive Relationships

“Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.” Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017.

Enabling Environments

“Children learn and develop well 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.” Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017

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 crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.” Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017.

The EYFS encompasses 7 key areas of learning. The three prime areas of learning are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development

The four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied, are Literacy, Mathematics, knowledge of the world, Expressive Art and Design.

To download more information about the prime and specific areas of learning please click here.

We consider the individual needs and interests of all children to plan challenging, enjoyable and stage-appropriate experiences in all areas of learning, both indoors and outdoors. We deliver learning for the seven areas through purposeful play and a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. We believe that play is essential for children’s development in that it builds their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others.

Children of nursery age learn in many different ways and Nursery Practitioners provide opportunities where children encounter experiences which deepen and consolidate their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and each other.

We believe that play is essential for children’s development as it builds their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others. When planning and guiding children’s activities, we look at the different ways in which children learn and reflect these in our practice. The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 details the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning as:

Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;

Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and

Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

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