The Early Years' Foundation Stage covers children from birth to aged five years. In practice, at West Lodge, this applies to the Nursery and Reception classes.
The indoor and outdoor classrooms are organised to give our children plenty of space to move around, practise skills, build up ideas and concepts, think creatively an imaginatively and communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. We aim to teach the children to form friendships and to get along with others. They learn about sharing, taking turns, helping others, following rules and playing in a co-operative manner. These are all attributes which will help the children to become sociable and responsible adults.
The Early Years' Foundation Stage curriculum provides a balanced, educational programme in all seven areas of learning. These are identified as:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication & Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Our curriculum is planned to meet the needs of children of different ages and attainment. There can be great variations in children's attainment in these early stages of education. More able children will be guided to more demanding tasks which widen their experiences and extend their learning activities. We provide the youngest children with a wide variety of experiences which will meet their needs, rather than having to engage in tasks which are too formal.
Each September, we hold a Foundation Evening to which all parents and carers of those pupils in the Nursery and Reception classes are invited. At this meeting Foundation staff and other teachers involved in Early Years education, give an outline of their role and how the pupils are taught.
Our partnership with parents and carers is very important to us. We believe that when parents and carers work together to support a child's education, this has a positive and lasting effect on children's individual achievements.