Brighton College

Brighton College

Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage covers the period of learning for children in FS1 (nursery) and FS2. The curriculum is presented in a rich, stable, caring and effective environment that enables each child to realise their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical potential. It extends a child’s range of learning experiences beyond that which can be easily provided within the family. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is taught in ways that build on a child’s curiosity and interests, enabling them to learn through planned, worthwhile play activities. It provides opportunities for them to explore, be imaginative, plan and reflect on experiences.

There are three prime areas and four specific areas of learning that comprise the curriculum’s framework; however, every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated. The three prime areas are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. The four specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

The whole Early Years curriculum is underpinned by the following principles which guide the work of all early years’ practitioners:

  • *A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • *Positive Relationships - children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and / or a key person.
  • *Enabling Environment - the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
  • * Learning and Development – supporting children to learn through play, exploration, creative and critical thinking and active learning.