EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
Here at Wellfield we have a highly skilled team of Early Years Teachers and Teaching Assistants who have a sound understanding of early child development and a great deal of experience working with this age group.
This strong team is managed by Mrs Douglas, our Early Years Foundation Stage, (EYFS), Co ordinator. The team is also supported by our Headteacher, Miss Graham, who is an Early Years specialist and has previously worked as an EYFS Consultant for Trafford's School Improvement Service. Our high quality Early Years practice is well renowned in the local authority and staff from other schools regularly visit to observe our practice or to attend the training courses we deliver here.
Teaching and Learning in the Nursery and Reception classes is directed by the Early years Foundation Stage Framework. This provides a framework for all practitioners working with children from birth to five years old and offers guidance on providing the best quality care and education for young children.
It covers the seven Areas of Learning, which include the 3 Prime Areas of Learning:-
Communication and Language;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
and the 4 Specific Areas of Learning:
Understanding the World;
Expressive Arts and Design.
You can look at these Areas of Learning in more detail by clicking on the "EYFS Curriculum Overview" at the bottom of this page.
You can find out more about what we teach across the 7 Areas of Learning by viewing the EYFS section in each of the National Curriculum subjects they are linked to - go back to the main Curriculum page of this site and select the subject.
In addition to addressing all seven Areas of Learning our curriculum is designed to promote the Characteristics of Effective Learning:
Playing and Exploring - Engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to have a go
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
- Having their own ideas
- Making Links
- Choosing ways to do things
In addition to the activities planned by the adults, the children are offered plenty of opportunities to direct their own learning and staff are highly skilled in observing the children and recognising opportunities to support and extend children's ideas.
At Wellfield Infant and Nursery School we offer a range of Parents' Workshops throughout the year to allow parents and carers the opportunity to gain an insight into our practice during this important Key Stage of Learning and offer advice on how to support your child at home. To find out more about our workshops please go to the Parents' section of our website.
To find out more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage please click on the Parent's Guide leaflet at the bottom of our Curriculum page. You may also find the document "Learning, Playing and Interacting - Good Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage" useful for reference too. This document is also available to download below.