The Foundation Stage accommodates children from 18 months to age 5, from early Years to Nursery then Reception. Whilst children progress through our Foundation Stage they experience a stimulating environment which encourages them to play in a variety of ways.
The role of the teacher is to support this learning and to extend each child's thinking. Our ratios are such that we are able to follow the needs of each child.
Both the indoor and outdoor environments are included in the curriculum planning for children throughout the year. Our curriculum is based upon four principles. These four guiding principles that shape our practice in the Foundation Stage at The Edron Kinder are that:
- Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The curriculum is also planned holistically to consider seven areas of learning. When planning our work with children from as young as 18 months we consider their prime areas of development:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development;
- Personal, social and emotional development.
As children progress in their development, usually by the age of 3 we begin to consider four specific areas of development, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These specific areas are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
Children are continually observed and key stages of their learning are recorded in what we call Learning Journeys in the form of observations, photographs and annotations.