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Learning for Life -

The EYFS

Four guiding principles shape our delivery of the EYFS:  

  • Every child is a unique child

  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments

  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Red Balloon's Miss Cooper explain our unique approach to learning.
Watch Miss Cooper explain our unique approach to learning at Red Balloon.

At Red Balloon we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)

 

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that we must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

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The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.

The learning and development requirements cover the seven areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children; each area of learning is underpinned by early learning goals, the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five and assessment arrangements are in place to measure progress.

The EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The EYFS specifies seven areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences for children:

Communication and language

development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development

involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development

involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

We also support children in four specific areas which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design.

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