First Steps - Our Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Within the EYFS there are four themes:

  • A unique child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

There are also seven areas of learning split into two:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

It is well known that the best way for children to learn is through play and practical experiences. With this in mind, we have developed a play based, free flow curriculum which will allow us to support the needs and interests of all the children.

The children’s learning environment is planned in response to both the children’s interests and activities to ensure a balance across the curriculum. The children will become more confident in requesting activities and making their own choices. As part of the daily routine, we will continue to observe the children to find out about their needs, interests and capabilities and to help with future planning.

The children will still have lots of opportunities for stories and music sessions, either as a whole group or in small groups, as appropriate to the time and activity.

We recognise very much the importance that parents and carers play in children’s development and we aim to continue good partnerships with our parents and carers. By keeping us informed of your child’s interests and needs, you are helping us to plan a more enabling environment for your child and all the children.

What do the parents say?
  • Thanks for all you did for Serena while she was with you. She is enjoying school but still talks about First Steps every time we walk past.
  • Amrit loves his afternoons with you and can’t wait to get there every day. He is so much better behaved at home now too.
  • Thanks very much for helping Ellie with her toilet training. It has been much easier for me when I have your support.
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OUR CURRICULUM
Broad and balanced

Our curriculum is based around the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the children’s learning environment is planned in response to both the children’s interests and activities to ensure a balance across the curriculum.

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