Early Years Provision

"Children learn as they play.  Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn."

by F Donaldson


In their play children learn at their highest level therefore we have a responsibility to young children in the Early Years setting to create a curriculum and an environment that enables children to learn through play.


  • To develop a relevant and carefully structured curriculum, provided by practitioners with good knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • To be aware that children develop rapidly and at different rates in all areas of the curriculum during the early years.  This requires careful evaluation of the provision thourghout the year.
  • To work in partnership with parents/carers to ensure that all children feel included, secure and valued.
  • To foster a  love of learning and positive attitude towards learning in every child by building on what children already know and planning purposeful, play based activities.
  • To embrace and support the Catholic ethos and teaching of the school; respect and share different cultures, home language, family background, special education needs, gender and ability.
  • To plan for opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by adults and those they initiate themselves, with the emphasis on play.
  • To plan purposeful obervation into the daily routine and ensure that this feeds into the short term planning and the children's Learning Journeys.
  • To ensure the learning environment and resources are rich and stimulating in order to make the curriculum explicit and visible to the child.  Equal importance will be placed in the planning of indoor and outdoor areas.
  • To set up the environment to develop independent learners and ensure that all children are challenged.