The Playhouse Pre-School

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered helps to continue to do this by providing the children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development. All children are provided a curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage of Education. This Curriculum is set out in a statutory document, published by the Department for Education and Skills, and called The Early Years Foundation Stage. The Pre-school works to the guidance which divides children's learning and development into six areas:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
  2. Communication, Language and Literacy Development;
  3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy;
  4. Knowledge and Understanding of the World;
  5. Physical Development; and
  6. Creative Development.

For each area, the guidance sets out stages of development. These stages state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the foundation of their education up to 60 months approximately.

For each stage there is an overlap into the next stage of development. We use these stages to trace each child's progress, and to enable the provision of the right activities to help children move through the Foundation stage. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development                                                                                 Children are provided with experiences and support to help them to:   

  1. Develop a positive sense of self and others
  2. Have respect for others
  3. Acquire social skills and have a positive disposition to learn

Communication, Language and Literacy                                                                                               Children's learning and competence in communications, speaking and listening, being read to and beginning to read and write is supported and extended;                                                                   

  1. Opportunities are provided with encouragement to use emerging skills in a range of situations and purposes.
  2. Support is given to develop confidence and disposition to try out these skills

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Children are supported in developing  their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about their developing understanding; 

  1. Opportunities are given to practice and extend skills in these areas and to gain confidence and competence in their use

Knowledge and Understanding of the World                                                                                      Children are supported in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding that helps them make sense of the world;                                                                                                                                 

  1. Opportunities are offered to use a range of tools safely   
  2. Children are encourage to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations  
  3. Children are able to undertake practical experiments  
  4. Children are able to work with a range of materials

Physical Development                                                                                                                           Physical development is encouraged through opportunities to be active and interactive and to improve the child's skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement;                               

  1. Support is given for children to use all of their senses to learn about the world around them and to make connections between new information and what they already know
  2. Children are supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food

Creative Development                                                                                                                                 Children are supported in their curiosity for being creative;                                                                        

  1. Opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings are provided. this is done through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, mathematics and design and technology