The St Giles EYFS Curriculum Pathway

Our Intent

Every child deserves the best possible start in life. At St Giles we intend to provide a curriculum that is child led, carefully sequenced and provides a depth of learning. We realise that children can develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future. At St Giles, we are committed to working in partnership with parents as we recognise that parents are the experts in their children’s care.

We acknowledge that transitioning to nursery and/or school can be a worrying time and we endeavour to support parents and children through our transition process. We work hard to build close and trusting relationships with our families and value their involvement as joint educators.  We believe the child’s lived experience and their journey so far is significant and important even at this young age. This knowledge of each child is key in supporting practitioners to recognise their unique qualities so that our children can be the best they can be.

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Aims of the EYFS in St Giles School

  • To provide a relevant curriculum which is supportive and is also broad, balanced, enjoyable and exciting.
  • To prepare pupils by building the foundations for learning, nurturing an enjoyment for learning which encourages curiosity and lifelong interests
  • To develop partnerships with people that are important for the child.
  • To support and promote all the EYFS areas of development and the Characteristics of Effective learning.
  • To have a multi-agency approach to ensure that all children are safeguarded.
  • To promote the development of children as individuals and to provide equal opportunities for all learners.
  • To ensure that all learners have a positive sense of self by promoting and encouraging pupil voice.
  •  To support pupils to transition into an appropriate educational setting and curriculum pathway.

We will follow the overarching principles of the EYFS which are:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.