The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the reception year. 

Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. We want children to be engaged in the learning process and for their learning to be relevant, purposeful and fun. We believe children learn best by doing. Play helps children to explore, investigate and, make sense of the world around them. Play helps children to be challenged in their thinking and helps them to practice and rehearse skills. 

Aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

1. To provide quality learning experiences for all the children. Learning will be through practical and play activities, which are structured, balanced, relevant to the child and related to the real world.

2. To provide a curriculum which takes account of, and responds to, the children’s developmental needs and allows them to make progress related to their differing abilities.

3. To ensure the children have positive experiences of success at their own levels in order to give them confidence and motivation for learning in the future.

4. To support pupils to achieve the five outcomes of Every Child Matters (ECM), staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being. 

5. To provide a curriculum which promotes the ‘Early Learning Goals’.

6. To provide a curriculum which provides equal learning and development opportunities for all children.

7. To create a partnership with parents to support and enhance the development of the children.

8. To ensure that children are happy and involved in all areas of school life during their first year at Kildwick CE Primary School.

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