At Bedford, we recognise the importance of play and how play and exploration, underpins the fundamental development and learning of every child. Therefore, through spontaneous and adult led play, we observe, support and develop a child’s intellectual, creative and physical mind. In addition to this, we support children in their social and emotional development, offering them a warm, nurturing and stable environment to grow. As we know all children develop at different rates, we ensure that all children are provided with the opportunities to challenge them to develop their knowledge and understanding. To find out more about what topics your child will be covering, please see our long term plan below.
We use the national guidelines for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as the basis for our curriculum, incorporating the seven main areas of learning:
The EYFS areas of learning are broken up into age bands. Each age band consists of development statements that the majority of children are expected to achieve at that particular age. The age bands we concentrate on are 16-26 months, 22-36 months, 30-50 months ,40-60 months and finally the Early Learning Goal. From the time the children join us in Reception, we will make observations and judgments about the children against the appropriate developmental age bands and statements that make up the areas of learning.
These developmental statements within the age bands only provide us with a suggested typical range of development for a child of that age. It is important to remember that all children develop at different rates in their own ways. However, children who appear to be significantly underachieving against their typical age range band of development will be monitored to ensure that any Special Education Needs (SEN) are detected and supported in the appropriate way for that child and family.