Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework published in 2012 by the Department for Education that sets the standards for the development, learning and care of children from birth to five. This document is used by teachers in both pre-school establishments and recption classes to guide the planning of teaching and learning to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum for all.
Staff at The Grove recognise that children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. However, we recognise that development is not an automatic process and depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
 A Unique Child Positive Relationships Enabling Environments 
Learning and Development

In the Early Years the children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. The areas of learning are split into two categories; Prime and Specific. The Prime areas of learning help children to develop their skills intially which the Specific areas can be built upon at a later stage.

Prime Areas:
  • Communication and language;
  • Physical Development; 
  • Personal, social and emotional development. 
Specific Areas:
  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive arts and design. 
At The Grove the class teachers strive to plan relevant, engaging and stimulating activities to support children in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of learning. 
This is done through choosing approriate topics as a theme for children learning. Teachers then enhance learning by incoporating special events and by taking note of children's own interests and by developing their lines of enquiry. 
Children will acquire their learning through engaging with continuous provision activites that are set out in the classroom and in the outdoor area supported and encoraged by the teachers and teaching assistants in the environment. Children will also be encourgaed to think of their own ways to utilise resources and to be invovled in planning new activities based on their own personal interests and lines of enquiry. In addition to this children will also work with adults on guided group tasks which may have a more specific focus and intended learning outcome. By working in this way children are able to develop at an appropriate level for their own needs through a range of methods.