The Foundation Stage principles taken from the DfES document “Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014” are used as a basis for good early years practice at St Francesca Cabrini Catholic Primary School. These areas are listed below.
A Unique Child- Child development, inclusive practice, keeping safe, health and wellbeing.
Positive Relationships- Respecting each other, parents as partners, supporting learning and the role of the key person.
Enabling Environments- Observation, assessment and planning, supporting every child, the learning environment and the wider context.
Learning and Development- Play and exploration, active learning, creativity and critical thinking and the seven areas of learning and development.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning.
There are three prime areas which are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
There are four specific areas which are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The learning environment, activities and experiences are planned according to the above seven areas of learning, which lead to the achievement of the Early Learning Goals as set out in the DfE document Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014. At Nursery level the children will be working on achieving the development statements and may achieve some early learning goals. Some children will exceed these goals before the end of the Reception year, others will still be working towards some or all of the goals. Teachers working with the youngest children are expected to focus strongly on the three prime areas, which are the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas. It is expected that the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas. In all cases curriculum planning will be informed by observations and assessments of the children, enabling them to make good progress throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage.