Early Years Foundation Stage

The curriculum for Highfields Kindergarten has been planned to meet the standards of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

It underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing the children’s:

1. Personal, social and emotional well-being

By promoting an inclusive ethos and providing an opportunity for each child to become a valued member of a group and community so that a strong self-image and self-esteem are promoted; Positive attitudes and dispositions towards their learning by developing enthusiasm for knowledge and learning and a confidence in their ability to be successful learners.

2. Communication and Language

By giving opportunities for all children to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, to respond to adults and to each other, to practise and extend the range of vocabulary and communication skills they use and to listen carefully.

3. Physical development

By providing opportunities for all children to develop and practise their fine and gross motor skills and to increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy and safe.

 4. Literacy

By providing all children with the opportunity to explore, enjoy, learn about and use words and text in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise mark making and talk about what they have done.

5. Mathematics

By ensuring all children have the opportunity to experience numbers and shapes in a focused, imaginative, exciting and relaxed manner both indoors and outdoors.

6. Understanding of the world

By providing opportunities for all children to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a variety of contexts, including use of IT, and to explore their environment, people and places that are significance in their lives

7. Expressive Arts and Design

By providing opportunities for all children to use their imagination to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative and role play activities.

Whatever your choice of primary school this strong Early Years foundation will be a great advantage as your child progresses with his or her education.