Early Years

Overview

Early Years education is the foundation upon which young children build the rest of their schooling.

It is a holistic education that encompasses all learning and development. Play is held in high regard as vital for children’s development and the best vehicle for learning at KDU Early Years Centre. We aim to ensure that children are inspired and curious to navigate the seven areas of learning, through carefully planned and purposeful learning opportunities.

To achieve this our teachers provide a balance of child-initiated and adult led activities, with enhancements to provoke intrigue and stimulate children’s natural curiosity to the world around them. Activities and resources are structured to allow children to investigate and learn in a positive and safe learning environment.

Children should be given opportunities to explore through the senses and their experiences; to make sense of the world around them by extending ideas, building concepts and consolidating skills. We incorporate the British ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ and National Curriculum as a framework, integrated with SRI KDU’s Core Values and bespoke KDU Early Years Centre programmes.

Our Early Years Curriculum emphasises the seven areas of learning:

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    This area helps shape children’s social skills and develops respect and an understanding of their different feelings.
  • Communication and Language
    Providing an environment for young children to express themselves and speak and listen in a range of situations allows them to develop their language and communication skills.
  • Physical Development
    We all know that young children often love to be active, but they also need to understand that continued physical activity, and healthy food choices, are important and why.
  • Literacy Development
    Children need to discover phonemic awareness – the ability to hear and identify different words and sounds and start reading and writing.
  • Mathematics
    Children need to be guided in developing skills with numbers and calculations and being able to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    Activities like drawing, playing with paint, instruments, or technology all give children the chance to express themselves and learn new things.
  • Understanding of the World
    This involves children making sense of things by observing and exploring everything from where they spend time to the technology and other things they use.

These principles will always be used when implementing the above seven learning and development areas:
1. That every child is unique.
2. That every child can learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
3. That children learn and develop best in enabling environments.
4. That children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

In addition to the prime and specific areas of learning, we closely monitor children’s engagement with the characteristics of effective learning. These principles focus not only on what children learn but the way in which they engage with others and the environment through:

  • Play and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically

These underpin learning and development across all areas and support children to be motivated to learn, be successful, resilient and proud learners. We aim to empower children to be independent, to reflect on their decisions, to demonstrate tenacity and to express themselves confidently. Children will develop resilience and enjoy achievements through active learning and will make links, explore their ideas and strategies for problem solving through creating and thinking critically. Our teachers support the children in developing all of these characteristics through playing and exploring alongside children and, where necessary, scaffolding and supporting their thoughts.

Our Aims:

  • We aim to create a stimulating and safe learning environment which inspires a child’s innate curiosity to explore and learn.
  • We utilise child-centred practises which personalise the curriculum to meet the individual needs and interests of each child.
  • At KDU Early Years Centre we set solid foundations and reach the best possible outcomes for all children on their individual flightpaths into education.
  • We strive to provide the highest possible standards of education in a holistic way and ignite a lifelong love of learning.

 

Year groups
Early Years Foundation Stage 1 (age 3 by September 1 of the school year)
Early Years Foundation Stage 2 (age 4 by September 1 of the school year)