Our Curriculum & OFSTED
Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage
Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This is the statutory framework that sets universal standards for learning, development and care for children from 0–5 years. At its core, it recognises that all children are unique and that learning and development must be planned around each child’s individual needs and interests.
There is an emphasis on children learning through interaction with people and exploring the world around them. The EYFS identifies individuality, the efforts and achievements of children. It also recognises that learning and development takes place during each different activity. Our curriculum encourages children to be lifelong learners and allows them to develop to their full potential.
The EFYS recognises that...
“Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as follows:
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
- Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology."
How it works for us
We observe the children at play on a daily basis and their choices and ideas inform the following week’s planning. Our daily routines and planning are geared to embrace and enhance their individual interests, styles of learning and level of development.
We then use written observations, as well as photographs and videos of the children, to document their progress. These are compiled in their digital Learning Journal, our way of ensuring that what we provide is tailored to their needs and stage of development.
The digital Learning Journals are available for you to view via an app or web browser and you contribute to whenever you wish. We will provide you with your unique and secure log in.
Progress check at age two
The EYFS requires all children to have a progress check when they start at an early years setting. This is a short written summary of your child’s development and can be shared with the health visitor at your child’s two year check. If you divide your child’s care with our setting and another professional, such as another nursery or child minder, the check is completed by the organisation or professional that spends most time with the child.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Ofsted is the Government regulator responsible for ensuring all education settings in the U.K. meet stringent standards in education as well as requirements such as ratios of staff to children, first aid trained members and the acceptable number of NVQ/GCSE qualified staff.
Regular thorough inspections are carried out by specially trained professionals to make sure these standards continue to be met. Our aim is to not only meet these standards in our day to day running but surpass them and strive to go that extra mile.