children playing on slide at nursery

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Children need to explore and learn at their own pace. Once they gain confidence and discover the joy of learning, that’s when they start to fly.

Every day, we see how your child is progressing, their likes and dislikes, and tailor their learning accordingly.

At the beginning, your child will concentrate on personal, social and emotional development, alongside physical development, communication and language skills. Our over-threes build on these areas with literacy, maths, and creative arts and design. By the time they leave, children can count and do simple sums, and are enjoying learning to read and write whilst learning about the world through expressive arts and design.

If a child is absorbed in a book, painting or game, we let them carry on. We also make sure that books, sorting and counting games, and drawing, writing and painting equipment are always available. So when your child’s ready to learn something new, inspiration is within reach.

The seven areas of learning:

1. Personal Social and Emotional Development

Riverside aims to provide opportunities and activities for the children to feel valued, so that both a strong self-image and self-esteem are promoted. The children are encouraged to be confident and independent in the classroom. We encourage children to recognise and celebrate their differences in a secure welcoming environment.

2. Communication and Language Development

From our youngest children through to the Pre School room, children are provided with opportunities to communicate with both adults and their peers, to practice and extend their range of vocabulary and communication. From their first smile in the Baby Room through to the conversations heard in the Pre-School room all of our children are encouraged to explore, enjoy and communicate with one another.

3. Mathematics

In order to develop their understanding and awareness of shapes, textures, numbers and problem solving, the children look at patterns, measuring, shape and numbers from a very early age. Through songs and practical activities, they begin to gain an understanding and awareness of numbers.

4.  Literacy Development

This area helps to discover phonemic awareness and this way of learning to read and spell will continue into their next stage. This is the ability to hear and identify words and sounds, and also to start to read and write.

5. Understanding the World

All children are provided with opportunities to explore and find out about their environment. Our resources and activities encourage the children to question, experiment and explore the world around them. Parents are encouraged to take part in their children’s learning by celebrating festivals and important events with the Nursery. Children’s self-esteem and acceptance encourages them to recognise and celebrate all children’s abilities as part of the nursery family.

6. Expressive arts and Design

Children explore and share thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of creative activities. They are encouraged to use their imagination through art and design, music, dance, role play and voices; the emphasis is on the children’s participation and efforts.

7. Physical Development

From their first attempt at sitting independently, to competing in races at our Annual Sports Day, children are encouraged to develop confidence, hand eye co-ordination and control, both indoors and out.