Our Reception and Nursery classes constitute our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and we follow the EYFS framework.
The EYFS framework sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
The EYFS framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
At Warley Infant and Nursery School we are proud to have an EYFS Unit. This means that for part of the day, Reception and Nursery children will be working and playing together, inside and outside. The Unit is organised into well defined areas, including a well resourced, large outdoor space. Everything is accessible to the children, so that they know where to find things for themselves and how to tidy away.
We believe that our EYFS Unit empowers children to become highly motivated, confident and independent learners, who can form very positive relationships with adults and peers alike. Children become immersed in a very social and language rich environment. Children who attend out EYFS Unit will make rapid progress due to the effective planning, teaching and assessment of the experienced Reception and Nursery staff, who provide challenging and stimulating learning opportunities that build upon what the children know and can do.
Our curriculum is taught in a challenging, playful way that embraces the key skills of creativity, independence and choice. We value the power of play as it enables children to make sense of their world. Children possess a natural curiosity to explore, and play acts as a medium to do so.
The EYFS curriculum is organised into three prime areas that underpin all learning and development:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
It is also organised into four specific areas of learning and development:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
These seven areas together make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for children as they grow, learn and develop.
The curriculum can be viewed by following this link:
Reception and Nursery children also extend their knowledge and understanding of reading, by taking part in daily phonics and guided reading lessons.
Reception children have a daily mathematics lesson, in which they learn key skills of number, calculation and problem solving.
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