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Early Years Foundation Stage

We are pleased that since opening our second school site, we have been able to increase the number of pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Whilst due to our waiting lists and the priority of taking children who are statutory school age we do not currently have any children of nursery age.  Pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) in the EYFS are based at our Oak Site, where a nurse is available onsite. 

The children follow the EYFS curriculum and the characteristics of effective learning are embedded into everyday practice.  Development Matters has been broken down further into smaller steps appropriate for the children’s needs.  Staff carry out daily assessments through observations and planned activities which allows them to plan next steps and extend children’s learning further.  Children’s learning is collated in an individual learning journey and on our school online assessment system SOLAR.  Children are assessed at the end of the EYFS using the EYFS profile. 

Children have the opportunity to engage in carefully planned adult directed and independent learning both indoors and outdoors.  The classroom environments reflect the needs of the learner’s e.g. minimum distraction increased use of visuals and total communication.  Carefully planned continuous provision opportunities enable the children to engage in all areas of learning, with an increased emphasis on developing learning in the Prime Areas through personalised curriculum. 

As with all other areas of the school, aspects of the enhanced curriculum and personalised curriculum also apply to the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Our EYFS policy can be found here


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