Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to the 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 life chances.

A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.

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.

(Statutory Early Years Framework, April 2017)

Nursery Places

Are you a new parent looking for an inspiring, creative and friendly nursery or Early Years place. Then please come and see our school, we will answer any questions you may have.
Contact the school office  0207 790 3647 to arrange a suitable date and time.

The EYFS at John Scurr

At John Scurr we believe that all children are entitled to the best possible start in their school life, both intellectually and emotionally, in order to enable them to develop their full potential and be the best that they can be.
For most children, starting school in the early years will be their first experience of life away from their family.  We feel it is important for parents and teaching staff to work together to make sure that this transition from home to school life is as easy as possible for everyone concerned, but especially for the child.  A home visit is made before every child starts. 

Children will learn, with help from adults, how to be a successful member of a large social group; how to make friends with other children; how to share and play co-operatively; how to care for themselves; how to show respect and care for other people and their environment. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is carefully planned to motivate children, develop skills and increase self confidence in order for them to develop as learners.

The EFYS Statutory Framework

Areas of Learning

Teaching in the EYFS setting at John Scurr is delivered in accordance with ’The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (April 2017).
The Early Years Curriculum which practitioners deliver in the setting must involve activities and experiences from one of the following seven areas of which three are “prime areas,” and four “specific areas.” 
The Early Years Curriculum is centred on 3 prime areas of learning which are:

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

Prime Areas of Learning

Communication and Language

This area of learning is about 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

This area of learning is about 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

This area of learning is about 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.

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