St Pius X Catholic Preparatory School

Structure of EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a statutory framework for children from birth to the age of five. 

The overall aim of the EYFS is to help each child achieve their full potential within four overarching principles:

  • 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 / carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.  The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


The three characteristics of effective learning underpin learning and development across all areas and support children in becoming effective and motivated learners:

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


Our EYFS provision delivers an exploration-based curriculum, with opportunities to learn indoors and outdoors.  Children are supported in developing and extending their interests through a variety of stimulating and challenging spontaneous and pre-planned activities.  The stages children will progress through are called ‘development matters’ and they identify the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that the children will need if they are to achieve the ‘Early Learning Goals’ by the end of their Reception year.

Our EYFS rooms are equipped with a huge variety of learning resources – places to explore, investigate and be creative – as well as cosy areas to relax and snuggle in.  Outdoor environments provide natural settings with challenges and opportunities for children to think critically on a larger scale, free from the restrictions of indoors.  Playgrounds have soft surfaces where children can learn to move with confidence, imagination and safety, with an awareness of space, themselves and others.

Healthy, balanced meals are prepared daily in-house, and particular dietary requirements are catered for.  Our lunch times foster independence, encourage children to make healthy choices, and develop communication and social skills.

Being an intrinsic part of the School, the EYFS department also benefits from having additional facilities and specialist teachers on site.  Children also have opportunities to take part in ballet, tennis and drama lessons, all delivered by fully qualified and experienced personnel.  Pre-school children join in whole school Acts of Worship, aiding a very smooth transition from Nursery to Main School.

 

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