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Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception classes the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

We believe that play is the foundation of learning. It enables a child to develop imagination, language, creativity, independence, problem-solving skills, concepts, understanding and self-esteem. Play provides opportunities for expression of feelings, learning to share and co-operating with others. It also provides opportunities for practising skills already learnt and for developing new ideas by building on personal experiences. This is best achieved when play is planned. The staff guide the children, providing appropriate materials and activities to stimulate the use of language and create problem-solving situations. They offer support, encouragement and suggestions and are aware when the children are ready to progress to the next stage of their development.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum aims to underpin all future learning by supporting, fostering and promoting children’s:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding of the world
  • expressive arts and design