The Southcott curriculum includes the experiences of our youngest children in our Pre-School, Nursery and Reception classes. Our early years provision is planned according to the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. You can view this here.
The primary national curriculum is organised into three core subjects (English, maths and science) and eight foundation subjects. The EYFS statutory framework is organised differently to account for the developmental stages of very young children. It is split into seven areas of learning. Three of these are known as the ‘prime areas’ and are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The other four areas are the ‘specific’ areas. The seven areas are then split into further strands as follows (shown in brackets alongside the areas of learning):
At Southcott, we take into account the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in our care, and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience. Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play, and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities.
The EYFS is about how children learn, as well as what they learn. Our early years pedagogy (method and practice of teaching) can be viewed below. We firmly believe that when we give every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need today. We also set them up with every chance of success tomorrow.