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All Early Years Providers are required to work within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to ensure children receive the best care and education possible.

The EYFS is based on four principles

Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The curriculum is divided into 3 Prime Areas of Learning

  • Personal, Social and Emotional.
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical

And 4 Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

They foster the characteristics of effective early learning

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

At Stratton Playgroup we will have activities to support and extend individual children’s development in all areas on a daily basis. These will change daily to allow for adult led and child initiated play. We place a strong emphasis on developing the children’s confidence and self-esteem which allows them to explore and benefit from all we offer with the freedom to take risks and extend their learning and imagination in a safe and stimulating environment.

Topics and Themed Weeks

Each term we have a topic and we encourage the involvement of parents who can bring their knowledge and experience to help us. Examples are New Life, Traditional Tales, Weather,Senses and Animals.

We also have “Pop Up” themed weeks which arise from the children themselves. If they are interested in something during their play we will set up a week to develop this interest.

These are very flexible and quite diverse. Some examples are Cooking Week, Road Safety Week, Building Week, French Week, Sports Week and Pets Week.