At Mere Green, we want to give children the best possible start to school life and their education, give them life changing opportunities and take them on their greatest life adventure yet. In order to allow children to have the best possible start, we give them what they need today but we also set them up with every chance of success for tomorrow.
The EYFS curriculum at Mere Green is designed by the Early Years Foundation statutory framework and underpinned by development matters. This is made up of 7 key areas: Physical Development, Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Maths, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
At the heart of the Early Years Foundation Stage at Mere Green is nurture and happiness. The curriculum and care practices promote and support children’s emotional security and development of their character. Leaders and staff are particularly attentive to the youngest children’s needs.
We believe that when children are nurtured and happy success will follow. Our curriculum encourages children to be independent, problem solvers, negotiators and risk takers. We aim to ensure that all children in EYFS develop:
- High levels of curiosity
- Positive self esteem and belief
- Love of learning
- Increasing levels of independence
- The characteristics of a good friend
- New knowledge and skills
The curriculum in EYFS is developed so that children build on prior knowledge and learning and revisit key concepts regularly. Children learn through focus group teaching, adult directed activities and child initiated activities. Learning through focus group teaching is revisited in independent activities so that children retrieve prior learning and use it across different contexts. In addition to this, children are given opportunities to develop their own play and explorations. Adults scaffold learning to enable children to achieve things that they are unable to achieve by themselves.
Underpinning our approach to curriculum design is the belief that early reading and the teaching of phonics is pivotal to children’s success. Our language rich environment where nursery rhymes and stories are a daily occurrence ensures that children are absorbed in a language rich environment.
We firmly believe that all children regardless of their background deserve to have an equal chance at success.