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Early Years Foundation Stage

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (effective September 2014)

At Sherington, we believe that children in the Foundation Stage learn best by being proactive in helping to shape their own curriculum. We focus upon the characteristics of learning (playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically) in order to lay the foundations for each, unique child to become a lifelong learner: independent, responsible and reflective.

We use the Early Years Profile which, through ongoing observation and assessment, supports us in building a comprehensive picture of your child as they develop and progress. The seven areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional developmentEYFS-2
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design