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Early Years Framework

 

The Pre-Nursery to Reception classes (for children aged two to four years), also known as the Early Years Foundation Stage at KIS, provide a warm, caring, stimulating environment in which children feel secure and happy. Within this setting the children can make a smooth and natural transition from home to school.
The curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the EYFS Framework which sets out the following:

 

  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
  • The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the ‘Early Learning Goals (ELGs)’.

 

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

 

PRIME AREAS:

 

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. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

 

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

 

SPECIFIC AREAS:

 

Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

 

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

 

Learning should be fun and we believe a child’s education should be about discovery, a sense of adventure and a spirit of excitement and fun. From an early age, we encourage independent thinking and support pupils to make good choices. We aim to treat each child as an individual, helping them to learn at a pace that is right for them. As young children learn best through first hand experiences and structured play, the children benefit from child-initiated planning which allows them to influence the topics which are covered and allows the teachers to respond to the children’s interests and creativity.

 

Continuous assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process in the Early Years Foundation Stage and ensures that the children are supported and extended as appropriate to each individual. Throughout the year all children are regularly assessed during planned lessons and play. Assessment is a continual process and the information gained is used to develop future teaching and planning for your child. The curriculum is well structured and sequenced in order to ensure progression, encompassing all aspects of the EYFS Framework and Early Learning Goals.