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We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (updated EYFS 2014), the statutory framework that sets the standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth up to 5. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years’ providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Four guiding principles shape our practice:

  • Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Children develop & learn in different ways and at different rates

Teaching and learning is based on the EYFS seven areas of learning and development, with three prime areas;

  • Communication and Language Development
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

The four specific subjects are;

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design

St Giles Nursery School places great emphasis upon learning through play. We explain our approach to parents through leaflets and workshops throughout the year. We believe that it is important to provide children with a range of play experiences both free choice and adult directed, including small group structured group time sessions.

The teaching approach can then be designed for the child; being aware of each child’s individual needs, interests and preferred learning styles. Within the organisation of the day children are given freedom to make choices, develop and plan their ideas, to review and recall and to encounter and solve problems independently. The children are also introduced to new concepts and skills through group time sessions with a particular focus on Maths and Literacy during these times. These often provide the stimulus for further exploration during free choice play.

We also focus on the Characteristics of Effective Learning, this concept looks at learning across three main areas:

Playing and Exploring engagement
Finding out and exploring, Playing with what they know, Being willing to ‘have a go’.

Active learning motivation
Being involved and concentrating, Keeping trying, Enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and Thinking Critically thinking
Having their own ideas, Making links, Choosing ways to do things.