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At Stoke Goldington Church of England First School, we recognise that we are privileged in being entrusted with giving your child the best possible start to their school career. Our excellent staff-to-pupil ratio enables the class teachers and teaching assistants to get to know your child as an individual and to encourage him or her to develop confidence and self-esteem.

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By following the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework we aim to make a positive contribution to your child's early development and learning.
Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however.  It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment - playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically - underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

There are four themes which underpin learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage:

  • 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 Environments - 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. Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development

The early yeras foundation stage principles cover  Download the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles.

Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage. Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.

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

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.  Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

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

During the Early Years Foundation Stage these areas of learning will be introduced in ways that are suitable for young children, often through play.  Adults in early years settings will build on the children's existing skills and interests, and on their play activities, in order to help them learn.

You can find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum via the following link . Alternatively you can contact our Early Years Foundation Stage teachers for additional information.

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