Early Years

 

Every child deserves the best possible start and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age 5 have a major impact on their future life chances.

KNES Early Years strive always to meet the standards set out for the Foundation Stage according to the U.K. Foundation Stage Curriculum in England.  Kindergarten and Reception classes promote teaching and learning to ensure children’s readiness for Key Stage 1and gives its pupils a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

There are four guiding principles which shape our Early Years Setting:

  1. The unique child: every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient capable confident and self -assured.
  2. Positive relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and /or key person.
  3. Enabling environments: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children/s development and learning.
  4. Learning and development: children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter –connected.

 The Learning goals of Early Years are based on 3 Prime areas of development:

  1. Communication and Language.   
  2. Physical Development.
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 

These Prime areas of development are supported by 4 specific focus learning areas.

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive Arts and Design.