The British EYFS Curriculum
We follow the British Curriculum by delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework®. The EYFS framework is a child centred curriculum. It approaches early years learning as a holistic, integrated focus on children's creative expression, physical and communication skills as well as emotional and social development. Learning is carefully structured yet allows for exploratory, child-initiated experiences.
The British Curriculum defines its provision for Pre-school education through the EYFS framework which sets and specifies standards and objectives of learning and development for pre-school children.
The four themes of the EYFS are:
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
The EYFS curriculum is organised around the seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development Art and Design
Want to learn more about EYFS and your child's education?
Here is the official "Parent's Guide 4 Children" which helps and to enhance the educational activities many parents already undertake with their children whilst also highlighting how parents can keep in touch with their child’s learning and development under professional care.
Policies and Procedures
- The Statutory framework of the EYFS requires our settings to have written Policies and Procedures that govern all aspects of nursery life.
- Policies and Procedures support our vision for practice that is of the highest quality. They formulate the Nursery culture at Kid's Island and Cocoon Nursery Schools, and provide consistent, clear and meaningful guidelines to staff and parents.
- Policies and Procedures undergo a continual process of robust review and evaluation.
Pre-School Learning Alliance Certified
By achieving the 'Reflecting on Quality' accreditation, Kid's Island and Cocoon Nursery Schools demonstrate to parents, professionals and the wider community that the service and practice offered is of a consistently high standard and adheres to the values and requirements of the EYFS as monitored and certified by the Pre-School Learning Alliance of the UK.
We observe the Alliance's core principles and beliefs that:
- Parents are children's most important teachers and as such, practitioners should aim to work with them.
- Children learn through play and by becoming involved in activities.
- Learning occurs and improves within a social context and thus the Nursery environment is a wider learning community for children and families.
The scheme supports:
- Involvement of parents and children in the quality improvement process.
- The Practitioner's on-going, active work.
- Communication that encourages practitioners to share new learning about effective practice.
Our Schools support the "observe, reflect, improve, and review" process, which involves the following aspects of continuous quality improvement:
- Incorporating parents and children's views in the evaluative process.
- Enhance what is done to promote the best outcome for children.
- Developing a clear vision and sense of purpose.
- Adopting a whole setting approach.
- Sharing knowledge and the development of a wider learning culture.
- Commitment to continuous professional development.
- Reflection and self-evaluation as a continuous process.
- Identification of strengths and the prioritisation of areas for development.
- Sharing and celebrating effective practice within and between the settings.