Early Learning Goals
From the ages of 3-5 all children follow our early years curriculum, the key principles of which are drawn from the foundation stage of education, a distinct stage with its own early learning goals.
This prepares them for the work in primary school and creates a secure foundation for later learning both in school and beyond.
The early learning goals are a series of aims with six areas that develop learning in children.
- Personal, social and emotional development, which focuses on children learning on how to work, play, co-operate with others and become more independent in a group other than their family.
- Communication, language and literacy; communication with one another and developing skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading.
- Mathematical development; using ideas relating to numbers, quantity, measurement, shape and space to gain basic mathematical skills.
- Knowledge and understanding of the world, where children investigate and begin to understand things, places and people around them
- Physical development; relating to improving control and coordination of their bodies.
- Creative development; children find way to communicate using color, shape, sound, texture, movement and stories.
Although the formal and planned part of the children's' day is particularly concerned with this area of learning, the informal part is just as important as talking to adults, eating meals together and playing outside all make up part of the curriculum because they all include learning.