Children aged from three to five, whether they are in playgroup, private nursery, school nursery or Reception class, are in the Foundation Stage of their education.
Children in Reception are nearing the end of the Foundation Stage, and are working towards achieving the Early Learning Goals as detailed in the Curriculum Guidance.
Throughout the Foundation Stage children’s experiences are extended in a range of areas including listening, speaking, concentration, persistence, and learning how to work together in order to become independent, enthusiastic and innovative lifelong learners. This foundation is vital for young children moving towards Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.
The work in the Foundation Stage is activity and play based. These activities are largely initiated by the children themselves, and are then supported and extended by adults in order to maximise learning opportunities.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven broad areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design