The Early years Foundation Stage class at GANF opened in September 2012. We aim to deliver a balanced educational curriculum in line with statutory guidance. The EYFS takes into account the individual needs of children and works to help them become confident, independent members of the community, able to communicate with adults and other children.
The areas of learning and development in EYFS are underpinned by the ‘Characteristics of effective learning:
– Playing and exploring
– Active learning
– Creating and thinking critically
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our learning at GANF. All areas and development are important and are linked.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive throughout their school career. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
– Communication & language
– Physical development
– Personal, social and emotional development
We also focus planned activities to support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
– Understanding the world
– Expressive arts & design
We develop all of these areas through both child initiated and adult initiated activities. The exploration of both the indoor and outdoor environments is an important aspect in aiding our children’s development in all areas. We often explore the local community including trips to the shop, park, library and sensory room. We feel that this is important in developing their learning in real life experiences.