The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a very important phase in your child's education. It begins from when your child is born up until the age of five/the end of the Reception year.
Children's early years experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure, and support their development, care and learning needs.
Our aim is to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment in which all children feel secure and valued, enjoy themselves and have fun!
We want the children to:
- know that they are important and that their ideas and views are valued;
- make friends and develop their social skills;
- have a sense of respect for themselves, others and the environment;
- have opportunities to develop new skills and understandings;
- have opportunities to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement;
- have resources to help them think and question;
- be free from pressure and have time and space to be themselves; and
- develop a thirst for knowledge and an enthusiasm for learning.
We believe in developing the 'whole child' where individuals are able to explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves, whilst building on what they already know and can do.
We aim to achieve this by:
- providing a rich and stimulating environment that is well planned, well organised and carefully structured;
- working in partnership with parents and carers together contributing to each child's successful development;
- providing a curriculum that will develop children emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially, in a way that will be relevant and appropriate, matching the different levels of our young children's needs; and
- providing a team who have a good understanding of how children develop and learn and who, through their own training, observation and interaction with the children, are able to provide opportunites and support to help them succeed.
The Reception Class has places for 30 children to attend full-time school. The Reception Class is run by Mrs Amy Hurren (Class Teacher), Mrs Melanie Legge (Teaching Assistant) and other support staff as and when necessary.
The Nursery and Reception Classes are adjacent to each other. Both have outdoor areas, they share a practical area, kitchen and toilets. Children from both classes have snack together daily and there are opprtunities for them to work, play and learn together across all areas. The Reception children also join with the main school for assemblies and activities, when appropriate, during the course of the year. Such experiences develop children's confidence and independence, allow them to get used to the school environment and meet many of the teachers and staff throughout the year, thus making transitions into the Reception Class and Year 1 smooth ones.
Learning for young children is a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which they explore, investigate, discover, create, practise, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. During the Early Years Foundation Stage many of these aspects of learning are brought together effectively through playing and talking. Activites and planned both indoors and outside and take account of children's various learning styles.
At Sir Robert Hitcham CEVAP School we use Tapestry to record, track and celebrate children's progress in early years education. Tapestry is an easy-to-use online learning journal. Once you have completed a Tapestry Online Agreement Form, available here, we will set up an account for you. You can access Tapestry at www.eylj.org or follow this link.