The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a fundamental part of every child’s learning journey. At Harrington Hill, we invite all our families to join us as we embark on this exciting journey together; making memories and building special relationships as we plan for and provide an enriching and engaging curriculum for every child.
We provide a safe, positive and enabling environment, where children are guided and supported by adults that they trust, allowing them to feel confident to explore the world around them, extend their interests and discover their passions.
These are areas that children develop quickly in response to relationships and experience. They run through and support children’s learning in all other areas.
3 Specific areas:
These are areas that include developing specific skills and knowledge.
Both the Prime and Specific areas will be taught through:
The importance of play
Well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is an important way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. In playing, they behave in different ways; sometimes their play will be boisterous, sometimes they will describe and discuss what they are doing, sometimes they will be quiet and reflective as they play. Through play, in a secure environment with effective adult support, children can:
Speech and Language Therapy Service
At Harrington Hill we recognise that listening and talking are the key foundation skills for later literacy and academic achievement. We work closely with the Speech and Language Therapy Service, whose highly trained speech and language therapists come into school each week to deliver a bespoke early years package to our children in Reception.
Launchpad for Language is a fun-filled language enrichment programme for all children in Reception. It works with children, staff and parents to support every child to reach their communication potential with a particular emphasis on those with greater language needs.
Look out for invitations, letters and activities that will share with you things that we are doing at school!
Helping your child at home
Showing an interest in what your child does at school helps them to make good progress, e.g. when your child brings home paintings and other work, please show your pleasure at what your child has done. It may not always look very special to you, but it means a lot to your child. The first five years are very important years in a child’s life. During these years, children learn faster than at almost any other time.
Here are some ways in which you can help your child:-
1. By talking to them, listening to them and answering their questions.
2. By showing an interest in all they do and always encouraging them.
3. By giving them plenty of interesting things to do, like cooking, playing with water, cutting out and looking at books.
4. By finding time to play with them, telling and reading them stories and letting them help you.
5. By taking them on trips and outings and talking about what you see.