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Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

At Little Cherubs Nursery School, we know that early childhood education matters. The experiences your child has in the early years of his or her life lay the foundation for a lifetime love of learning and success. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is mandatory legislation that each nursery school and child care provider in the United Kingdom must implement to maximise children’s opportunities for intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Our school follows the EYFS curriculum for children ages 0-5, and we aim to exceed our mandate rather than just meet the minimum requirements set forth by this legislation.

What is the EYFS?

The EYFS was established to ensure that every child gets a better start in life, no matter where he or she goes to school. The EYFS provides safety and welfare guidelines, goals that child care providers must help children achieve, an outline of specific areas of learning and development that are important for each age, and assessment measures for calculating children’s progress.

EYFS aims to provide consistency across school settings, a stable and healthy foundation for a love of learning, equality of opportunity for all children, and a strong partnership between child care providers and parents.

Our EYFS Curriculum

At Little Cherubs Nursery School, we don’t just give lip service to EYFS. We take seriously our obligation to provide the right start for every child. Every child at our school is assigned a key person who is charged with protecting the child’s health and welfare. We recognise each child as a unique and gifted individual, and strive to nurture the individual talents of every child with whom we work. Our curriculum focuses on the following seven key areas, as outlined by EYFS:

  • Communication and language development. We expose children to active and consistent communication, and afford each child the opportunity to express themselves. We help our children learn to talk in a variety of settings, and to use their communication skills wisely and intelligently.
  • Physical development. We know that, when the body thrives, so too do the mind and spirit. We offer our children plenty of time to be active in both structured and unstructured settings. We encourage movement that develops coordination, agility, and skill.
  • Personal, social, and emotional development. We believe that each and every interaction affords children the chance to learn new social skills, and we don’t take this information lightly. We model good communication and social skills, help children master appropriate group behavior, and foster respect for others by modeling respect for each child with whom we work.
  • Literacy development. We know one of the best ways to encourage a love of reading is to read to children daily. We give children access to many different reading materials, tailor our reading selection to children’s interests, and help children develop the foundational knowledge they need to become excellent readers.
  • Mathematics. We offer children daily opportunities to understand numbers, master counting, describe and understand shapes and locations, and develop a lifelong love of mathematics.
  • Understanding the world. We know that children are most interested in the world when the world is made relevant to them. We nurture your child’s interest in the surrounding world by talking about important developments, encouraging children to talk about their experiences, and helping children explore the ways different communities live.
  • Expressive art and design. We allow our children to express themselves creatively every day, and we give children access to a broad variety of creative materials to aid them in expressing themselves. We know that technology is the wave of the future, and we encourage our children to embrace and use technological devices in healthy, learning-centered ways.

We know that children learn best when learning is fun, engaging, and person-centered. We provide our children with many opportunities to play, explore, and experience the world, and we embrace active learning rather than passive instruction. We encourage children’s critical thinking, and we listen to our children.

We welcome input from parents, and we provide a tailored, individualised program to meet each and every child’s needs.