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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Le Petit Poucet Nursery uses the EYFS framework and takes every children’s talents into account when planning their day. This curriculum includes seven areas of learning and development which we use to shape our educational program. Whilst all these areas are important and interconnected, they are splitted into ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’ areas.

Prime Areas of Learning and Development

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

These areas reflect the key skills and capacities needed to develop, learn effectively and become ready for school. They are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thrive. For younger children, we strongly focus on these areas as they are the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas. As children grow in confidence and ability, we will focus on all prime and specific areas of learning.

Specific Areas of Learning and Development

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

We constantly support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned and purposeful plays, as well as through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Play is essential for children’s development and confidence building. They learn to explore, solve problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in the ones guided by adults.
We recognize each child’s emerging needs and interests, guide them through warm and positive interaction. As children grow older and as their development allows, we will focus more on activities led by adults, prepare them for formal learning, and for Year 1.

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