The first few years of your child’s education are essential for their future as he or she moves into more formal schooling and then adult life beyond. It is vital therefore to get those first few years right.
The First Steps curriculum caters to children in Rising 2’s (16 months +), Nursery (2-3 years old), K1 (3-4 years old) and K2 (4-5 years old). We are renowned for providing a nurturing learning environment for young children. We believe that an outstanding Early Years education lays the foundation for everything that follows and make it a priority to care for each individual child, nurturing their unique blend of talents and abilities.
We follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS) currently being taught in all Early Years settings in the UK. Our well-balanced, carefully-planned curriculum will enable your child to progress towards Primary School. Work is planned through the seven areas of learning, where language, numeracy, social, physical, scientific and technological skills are provided for and developed through conversation, discussion, questioning, reasoning, stories, rhymes, books, social play, games and outdoor activities.
Almost all of our activities are based on structured play and exploring which allow the children to develop their essential skills and progress at their own speed. Play-based learning also ensures wide-ranging and first hand experiences for all based on child’s interests and needs. Learning is carefully differentiated to cater for individual needs as we aim for children to develop their independence and confidence alongside personal, social and academic progress. Praise is given to celebrate successes and support provided in areas for development.
All our Early Years classes follow the English Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which is based on the best practice from the UK with a strong focus on learning through play. Four themes underpin the learning and development that your child will take part in through the EYFS Curriculum which are:
The EYFS curriculum consists of seven areas integrated and overlapping areas of learning and development:
We provide children with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others, respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.
We develop children’s understanding of Maths in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.
Children’s learning and competence in beginning to read and write is constantly supported and extended.
Children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening is constantly supported and extended.
The physical development of students is encouraged through the provision of opportunities for them to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. With our specialist Early Years PE teachers, our pupils are always supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.
We support children in helping them to make sense of the world through offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments; undertake practical experiments and work with a range of materials.
Children’s creativity is extended by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. Our pupils are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings, for example, through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, design and technology. In addition, pupils will also receive specialist teaching in Music.