The provision for children's development and learning is guided by The Early Years
Foundation Stage (DCFS 2007). From September 2008 the Early Years Foundation
Stage became law. This brings together Birth to Three Matters and the Curriculum
Guidance for the Foundation Stage. Our provision reflects the four key themes and
16 commitments of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
A Unique Child
Child Development: Skilful communicator, competent learner.
Inclusive Practice: Equality and diversity, children’s entitlements, early support.
Keeping Safe: Being safe and protected, discovering boundaries, making choices.
Health and Well-being: Growth and developing, physical and emotional wellbeing
Respecting Each Other: Understanding feelings, friendship, professional
Parents as Partners: Respecting diversity, communication, learning together.
Supporting Learning: Positive interactions, listening to children, effective teaching.
Key Person: Secure attachment, shared care, independence.
Observation, Assessment and Planning: Starting with the child, planning,
Supporting Every Child: Children’s needs, the learning journey, working together.
The Learning Environment: The emotional environment, the outdoor environment,
the indoor environment.
The Wider Context: Transitions and continuity, multi-agency working, the
Learning and Development
Play and Exploration: Learning through experience, adult involvement, contexts
Active Learning: Mental and physical involvement, decision making, personalised
Creativity and Physical Thinking: Making connections, transforming and
understanding, sustained shared thinking.