The EYFS is the Department of Education’s guidance and policy relating to schools that have children up to 5 years of age.

The EYFS describes the characteristics of effective learning. These are learning dispositions that children display when they are learning effectively. They are

Play and Exploring- Engagement

Active Learning-Motivation

Creative and Thinking Critically-Thinking

There are 4 key themes in the EYFS…

  1. Unique child
  2. Positive Relationships
  3. Enabling Environments
  4. Learning and Development

Within the Learning and Development theme there are 7 areas of learning. These are split into Prime and Specific Areas. 

The Prime areas are…

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Communication and Language Development
  3. Physical Development

The Specific Areas of Learning are…

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding of the World
  4. Expressive Arts and Design

The Curriculum into Practice

Our curriculum begins with detailed observations of the children. Staff gain an understanding of the children’s current level of understanding and interests; they build the environment and learning experiences around these. The curriculum is delivered both indoors and out so that the children can access learning in whichever environment they prefer. We use real objects where possible and seek to give children first hand experiences so that learning is set in real contexts which make sense to the children.

We also have daily small group times where children work with a key person to develop personal, social/emotional skills and grounding in mathematics and literacy.

Staff track each individual child’s learning and development and set targets each term inegotiation with parents. Summative assessments are completed termly.

The theory that underpins our practice -guiding and informing our curriculum

All of our practice and curriculum is informed by our  knowledge of child development. We draw on the work of many theorists, researchers and educators to ensure we are providing the highest quality experiences for the children who attend Mill Hill.