Pippins follows the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum, revised in 2017.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The EYFS seeks to provide:
· Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
· A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly
· Partnership working between practitioners and with parent and /or carers
· Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included an supported
The EYFS specifies seven areas for learning and development that must shape the education we provide:
In addition learning and development provision must cover the early learning goals that we must help children work towards (these are the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year they turn 5) together with assessment arrangements for measuring progress.
The safeguarding and welfare requirements cover the steps that we must take to keep the children safe and promote their welfare.
Four guiding principles should shape practice in early year’s settings. These are:
A range of non-statutory guidance and other materials has been produced by the sector to support the framework, and is available on a number of Early Years websites including the Foundation Years website http://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage