Woodlands Pre-School

EYFS Curriculum

A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and
independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environment

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 carers.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


Seven Areas of Learning and Development

The EYFS is divided into seven areas of Learning and Development. 

 The Three Prime areas of Learning and Development are:
  • Communication and Language 
  • Physical Development 
  • Personal, social and emotional development 

Communication and Language
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the
conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial.  

Practitioners build children’s language effectively by commenting on children’s interests and adding vocabulary. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development.
Underpinning Children’s  personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. 

Physical Development
Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue
happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and play movement with both objects and adults. We create games and provide opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors. Practitioners support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. 

The Four specific areas of Learning and development are:
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

Children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension
(necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. 

Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. 

Understanding the World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. 

Expressive Arts and Design
The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe. 

At Woodlands we plan activities to cover these seven Areas of Learning. Throughout the day or session, children will have the opportunity to complete activities that cover many aspects of EYFSs Seven Areas of Learning and Development.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 

The EYFS Curriculum aims to provide -

  • Quality and consistency in all early years classes
  • A secure foundation through learning opportunities tailored to the needs of pupils of this age group
  • Partnership working between parents and practitioners
  • Equality of opportunity to support children of all backgrounds

 EYFS has Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning, which are key characteristics that children develop within their play. These characteristics of effective teaching and learning ensure that children gain the skills which underpin their learning and development across all the prime and specific areas of learning.

Having these required characteristics of teaching and learning in mind helps to support practitioners’ abilities to support ongoing development and underpin their holistic knowledge of the EYFS.

The four guiding principles that we practice at Woodlands are:
1) Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient,
capable, confident, and self-assured.
2) Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
3) Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs
and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong
partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
4) Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. 

Play is essential to young children. Through play, children will learn and develop in all seven areas of EYFS. Children will be able to engage creativity and team-building skills with solo and group play, all of which can benefit their Communication and Language development.

By deviating between indoor and outdoor play, it can help children with their learning outcomes on Understanding the World, as well as giving them opportunities to explore new ideas and engage problem-solving skills. Equally, by using play to teach children about a range of events and also the necessity of proper safety precautions, you can relate it to their Personal, Social and Emotional Development outcomes.

The characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  •  Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
    Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter
    difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
    Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas,
    make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Children learn and develop more from birth to five years old than any other times in their lives. 

When we give every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need from today. We also set them up with every chance of success for tomorrow. 

Development matters guide sets out the pathways for children’s development in broad ages and stages. The curriculum consists of everything that children should experience, learn and be able to do during their learning journey at a setting. 

Development Matters  

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