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Our Overarching Principles

Overarching principles

 

  • All children should be provided with the best possible start to their education to ensure they can flourish and be confident life-long learners.
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) forms the foundation to success for every child. Whilst every child is unique, we believe all children can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • We believe every child can flourish with the right help and that they may progress at different rates. 
  • For children to achieve their best, they need to be happy, confident and settled. We make children’s enjoyment and choices our priority and provide high-quality care for all.
  • Our children benefit from positive relationships with all adults. Our staff explicitly model and teach our shared behaviour principles: ready, respectful and safe.
  • Effective teaching and learning in the EYFS meets children’s identified needs and interests. We carefully create an enabling environment which helps children to learn and develop in all areas of our curriculum.
  • We work together with parents. We work in close partnership with all of our parents so all children benefit from a successful early years (both at home and at school).
  • Different aspects of early learning require different approaches. Much of early maths learning is sequential: learning new concepts must build on the solid foundations of earlier concepts. On the other hand, learning about the world is much less sequential. The order of learning matters less than building on children’s interests and widening their horizons.
  • Children develop and learn at different rates. Children’s additional needs, such as special educational needs, are identified quickly. All children promptly receive any extra help which they need so they can progress well in their learning from their starting point.  

 

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