Early Years Curriculum
We love learning in Early Years!
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and the age of 5. This is a fundamental part of a child's development where the children are immersed in lots of practical experiences through which they are encouraged to explore and experiment. The children use both the indoor and outdoor classroom during teacher directed and child initiated times. At Milstead we also believe in making the most of the amazing woodland surrounding our school. Every week come rain or shine, we put on our wellies and head to the woods for an afternoon of learning building on the children's interests and learning styles.
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. The children develop through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically (Characteristics of effective learning). Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop in the three prime areas first. These are:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The class team plan for activities and adapt learning opportunties that are are suited to each child’s unique needs and interests.
To read more about the EYFS, please visit www.foundationyears.org.uk.