Why we teach it
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to their full potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”
Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Bidston Avenue we greatly value the important role that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) plays in laying secure foundations for the future learning and development. However, we also believe that early childhood is valid in itself, as part of life. It is important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.
All children begin school with a variety of experiences and learning. It is the privilege of the practitioners working in EYFS at Bidston Avenue Primary to take on the task of building upon that prior learning and experience.
How we teach it
Our curriculum is planned following guidance from the 2021 statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), taking account of children’s individual needs and interests and encompassing the Early Learning Goals set out by the DFE.
We develop parents as partners, recognising that parents are a child’s first educator and aiming to involve them in their child’s learning.
We provide a secure, enjoyable environment where each and every child feels valued. We believe that children need to experience a wide range of first-hand experiences and practical learning opportunities. We carefully plan and deliver enhancements and differentiated challenges to engage learning, encourage an inquiring mind and curiosity, and to create a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. Staff consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience.
Where a child may have a special educational needs and/or disability, staff consider whether specialist support is required, working closely with the SENDCo and linking with relevant services from other agencies, where appropriate.
How to support your child at home
Please click on the 'Parent's Guide' below for more information and for ideas on how to encourage your child's development out of school.