We are “Learning to play and playing to learn”
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the first stage of the National Curriculum focusing on the distinct needs of children aged birth to the end of the reception year. However at Doubletrees we continue this Curriculum through to Key stage 1 to best meet the diverse and complex needs of our pupils.
How the EYFS framework is adapted
As most learners who first come to the Early Years are developing within the informal level - preparation/readiness for learning - the curriculum focuses mainly on the PRIME areas of learning:
This does not mean that learners are not provided with the opportunities to access, experience and explore the 4 other SPECIFIC areas of learning which are:
These SPECIFIC areas of learning become more of a focus when a learner shows they are ‘ready’ through close on-going observation and assessment tools. However through termly planned topics learners experience the specific areas of learning through what is known as ‘continuous play’ opportunities i.e. through sand and water play, messy play, cooking…
To support children within our setting the curriculum is broken down and delivered through a multi-sensory approach, adapted by the Teacher. Here learning is both meaningful and interactive, influenced by the integration of all the senses. Learning occurs through a balance of child and adult initiated activities. As a child learns across a range of contexts they will develop physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
At Doubletrees our values underpin our practice. We believe that quality early years care and education is about developing strong, curious, confident children. It is about extending their enjoyment, fascination and wonder at the world around them and about developing total communication, concentration and involvement.
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