The Early Years Foundation Stage aims to develop children to their full potential through play based learning. The areas of learning are divided into 7 areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding The world
Expressive Arts and Design
At Fermor, we provide a safe and stimulating environment. The teachers and TA’s observe and assess learning to inform next steps. We see every child as an individual and plan exciting and playful activities based on the children’s interests and development.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. This is referred to as the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
Children in reception attend Forest School weekly. This takes place in our attractive woodland area. Experiences include outdoor woodland games, craft in the natural environment and cooking over the fire. Play is recognised as an important part of Forest School and activities are based on the children’s interest and unique way of learning.
˜Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment˜
Forest Education Initiative (FEI)
Parent quote: “I love how much time they spend learning outdoors. The muddier my son is when I pick him up the more fun he has had learning that day”
At Fermor we pride ourselves on our partnership with parents. We use Tapestry, an online learning journal, to share the children’s development as well as communicate important information and dates with parents. This is a two way communication, with parents adding their own observations of their child, which is shared with the class.
At Fermor we feel that the transition from pre school to nursery is a big step for children (and parents). Therefore we provide supportive opportunities for the children to visit their new classroom and get to know the team through stay and play sessions, story times and nursery visits in term 6. Before children start in Reception, a home visit is offered to new parents, giving the opportunity to talk informally with the Early Years Foundation Stage staff.