Clipstone Brook Lower School

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Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Clipstone Nursery has currently taken on board using the Early Years Adopter Framework which came into place in September 2020.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework sets standards to enable early years providers to reflect the rich and personalised experience that many parents give their children at home. Staff deliver individualised learning and care that enhances the development of the children in their care and gives the children the best possible start in life. Every child is supported individually to make progress at their own pace and children who need extra support to fulfil their potential receive special consideration.


The EYFS principles which guide the work of all practitioners are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes:


  • A Unique Child

  • Positive Relationships

  • Enabling Environments

  • Learning and Development


In regards to each child's learning and development and how they go about this in the Early Years, the EYFS curriculum sets out the Characteristics of Effective Learning into the three categories:


  • Playing and Exploring

  • Active Learning

  • Creating and Thinking Critically


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning; 3 prime areas and 4 specifics.


The prime areas of learning are:

Communication and Language

- Physical Development

- Personal, Social and Emotional Development


The specific areas of learning are:

- Literacy

- Mathematics

- Understanding of the World

- Expressive Arts and Design

Early Years Foundation Stage at Clipstone Nursery

Termly topics and themed weeks are used in the Nursery as a creative way in delivering the EYFS curriculum to your child in the indoor and outdoor environment's.

Nursery has been organised and designed to promote a positive and an engaging environment for all children to learn in. Nursery has designated areas of learning to support the different areas of the EYFS curriculum. At Clipstone Nursery, we believe in the importance of outdoor learning and will use the outdoor environment regularly every day for our continuous provision and adult-directed activities.

At the heart of a good EYFS practice, is the on-going observations and assessments which enables the staff to plan effectively for each child's individual needs to aid their learning.