The Foundation Stage
A quality start to the learning journey
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.” EYFS statutory guidance
We have very high expectations and are always striving to ensure we are meeting every child’s needs. We believe that all children deserve the best possible start and planning supports the teaching and learning process to ensure strong outcomes for all children.
We will inspire and encourage children to be kind, respect each other, aspire to be the best they can be, and develop their resilience and the importance of working together.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (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.
Indoor and outdoor play is essential for young children to enable them to explore and discover. We actively encourage children to engage in key learning experiences, both in indoor and outdoor environments.
What we provide
We provide high quality integrated education and care for children from three up until the end of their reception year.
Litherland Moss Foundation Stage
Based at Litherland Moss Primary School we provide a quality start to each child’s learning journey. From the very first day your child starts with us, we encourage independence, positive relationships, and self-confidence. The EYFS team are here to support children and their families at this exciting start to school life.
Children’s starting points are quickly recognised and children are able to make strong progress from their baseline assessments, ensuring that every child’s individual needs are met.
We are very lucky at Litherland Moss to have such a light and spacious indoor and outdoor environment. The outdoor environment will continue to be an imperative part of the day-to-day practice in the EYFS. We ensure that the outdoor environment is diverse, and exciting and offers all children the chance to learn, thrive and provide a sense of challenge.
Key principles of our EYFS provision:
A Unique Child – We believe that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We recognise that children learn and develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by consistent and regular feedback, so we use praise and encouragement as well as celebration and rewards to develop a positive attitude towards learning.
Positive relationships – We recognise that children learn to be strong and independent from a base of secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful and professional relationships with all children and their families.
Enabling environments – We recognise the key role the environment plays in supporting and extending children’s development. Through regular observation, we assess children’s interests, stages of development and learning needs, before planning challenging and achievable activities and experiences which will extend their learning.
Learning and development – Both the Nursery and Reception classrooms are organised to allow children to explore and learn in security and safety. The space is set up into learning areas and children are able to access resources independently. Children are able to access indoor and outdoor experiences every day.
The characteristics of effective learning underpin all areas of learning and development in the EYFS. These are:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
Children learn through seven key areas of learning: all of these areas are essential for young children and are interconnected. There are three prime areas which are the building blocks and need to be in place before the specific areas can be developed. The prime areas are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. The specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
If you have any further questions please contact Miss Katie Patterson at school: 0151 928 4544