Brook Early Years Pre-School provides a curriculum for the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2012
Effective practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage is built on these four themes
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our educational programmes. 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.
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design
None of these areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others, but it is expected that as children grow and develop the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability.
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. In planning for this and guiding children’s activities, we reflect on the different ways that the children learn. We look at three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
- 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.