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Overarching principles

The EYFS outlines four key principles, which underpins all planning. These are:


  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

When planning and guiding children’s activities, we observe different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:


  • Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  • Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Class Setup 


This is the Reception classroom. These photos are from the first weeks of September and, as is the nature of Early Years, the learning areas grow and evolve with each class to suit their needs. Because of this the areas will often look very different at different parts of the year. We also have our creative and fine motor areas, and share a space with Nursery (as the EYFS unit) with access to sand and water, as well as a large outdoor area. Please take a look at our half termly photo slideshows to see more of the classroom set up and provision in action.

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