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Early Years Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage

At Purston Infant School we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential.

As outlined in the EYFS ‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.’

We adhere to the EYFS Statutory Framework 2021 and the four guiding principles that shape practice within Early Years settings.

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • 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/or carers.
  • Children learn and develop in different ways

We put these principles into practice by:

  • Providing a balanced curriculum, based on the EYFS, across the seven areas of learning, using play as the vehicle for learning
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice. We provide early intervention for those children who require additional support
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Planning challenging learning experiences, based on the individual child, informed by observation and assessment
  • Providing opportunities for children to engage in activities that are adult-initiated and child-initiated, supported by the adult
  • Having a key person approach to develop close relationships with individual children
  • Providing a secure and safe learning environment inside and outside

We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on the educational programmes set in the EYFS Statutory Framework and on our children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning to enable the children to achieve the Early Learning Goals.

Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook

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