At Northern Counties School we recognise that the Early Years is a key period for development of the child’s whole personality. Every child develops uniquely and we aim to provide learning opportunities based on their individual interests and needs. Our whole school key drivers; Communication, Functionality and Independence and Wellbeing are embedded within the ethos of the EYFS. These drivers ensure pupils are learning in a safe, secure environment and have access to a curriculum which develops key characteristics on which they can build on in later years. Parents play an essential role in the early years and we aim to work collaboratively alongside parents, drawing on their wealth of knowledge and expertise. A transdisciplinary team provides a child centred approach to learning ensuring that therapy is fully integrated within the daily routine.
We currently provide an Early Years setting for children with cerebral palsy and associated disorders. Pupils are aged approximately 3 – 7 years old, however due to their complex presentations, are working below their chronological age. Pupils may work within the EYFS framework for longer allowing us to respond to their developmental needs, whilst also incorporating age appropriate activities.
We recognise that assessment is at the heart of promoting children’s learning and is therefore a continuous process to inform the next steps for each child. We work in collaboration with parents and other professionals to ensure that the child’s needs are fully met and there is a consistent approach between home and school.
Within the EYFS we aim to
- To provide quality learning experiences for all the children.
- Learning will be through practical and play activities, which are structured, balanced, relevant to the child and related to the real world.
- To provide a curriculum which takes account of, and responds to, the children’s developmental needs and allows them to make progress related to their differing abilities. ‘What the child can do’ will be our starting point.
- To ensure the children have positive experiences of success at their own levels in order to give them confidence and motivation for learning in the future.
- To support pupils to achieve the five outcomes of Every Child Matters (ECM), staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.
- To provide a curriculum which promotes the ‘Early Learning Goals’ identified by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and which dovetails with the National Curriculum and the ECM outcomes.
- To provide a curriculum which provides equal learning and development opportunities for all the children.
- To create a partnership with parents to support and enhance the development of the children.
Statutory Framework of the EYFS and the four guiding principles that shape practice within Early Years settings.
- 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, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates