The Early Years Foundation Framework
At Whitkirk we work within the statutory framework for EYFS to ensure that all children are learning and developing.
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The Early Years Curriculum
Children develop quickly in the early years, and at Whitkirk we aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life. We aim to create experiences which form building blocks for life-long learning. These experiences are consistent with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which children will follow in Nursery through to the end of their Reception year. We plan the curriculum to ensure that different areas of learning and experience are represented in the play and activities we provide. In EYFS, we follow the children’s interests, and allow them to plan their own next steps in learning, therefore it is highly likely that various topics will emerge from the children themselves. Alongside this, we do plan for a range of key learning experiences throughout the year.
Our well-established, strong relationships with parents and carers means that all adults involved in a child's development have the opportunity to work closely with our Early Years practitioners, supporting children’s transition into the setting. We would like parents to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school.
Our Whitkirk parents are welcome to be actively involved in their children’s learning in school by joining us for Stay & Play which runs every Friday 8:45 - 9:15, taking part in learning journeys, volunteering and parent workshops.
What is EYFS like on a day-to-day basis?
Every day, we provide opportunities for children to learn together to share their experiences, learn comminication skills, read, write and explore early maths. Our children are happy, proud and feel secure knowing that we celebrate their successes and value their achievements. The curriculum is centred around children’s interests with a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning.
Our learning environment facilitates child-initiated play and provides children with carefully planned opportunities which allow children to explore, create and learn through exciting, stimulating, interactive and accessible resources.