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Early Years Foundation Stage

At North Crawley Church of England School, we recognise that we are privileged in being entrusted with giving your child the best possible start to their school career. By following the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework we will aim to make a positive contribution to your child's early development and learning. Development is not an automatic process, however.  It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment - playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically - underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage. Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.  Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

During the Early Years Foundation Stage these areas of learning will be introduced, often through play, in ways that are suitable for young children.  Adults in early years settings will build on the children's existing skills and interests, and on their play activities, in order to help them learn.

What Ofsted Says......

"Most children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills and knowledge broadly in line with what is typical for their age group, except in writing, which is marginally below the level usually found" - Ofsted 2013.

"Children settle quickly and make excellent progress. By the end of the year, they are generally working above the nationally expected levels in all areas of learning" - Ofsted 2013. 

"The children make excellent progress because the teachers know the children well and are able to guide them in their work. The teachers build on the children’s ideas and interests. As a result, the children respond positively and work hard in lessons." - Ofsted 2013.

"Good use is made of the outdoor and classroom areas to help the children learn in a safe and secure environment" - Ofsted 2013.

Underpinning EYFS.....

  • A Unique Child - Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • 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 carers
  • Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development

The early yeras foundation stage principles cover  Download the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles.

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