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Foundation Stage Curriculum

Foundation Stage at Thameside provides a child centred environment where independence is encouraged, individuality celebrated and children are given freedom within boundaries to follow their interests.  Children are prepared for tomorrow's world through learning life skills, developing creative thinking and a love of learning as well as being encouraged to love themselves and the world around them.

 The EYFS is built around the following guiding principles:

  • Unique child : every child is a competent learner from birth, resilient, capable, confident, self-assured
  • Positive relationships: children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents, peers and teaching staff
  • Enabling environments: supporting and extending children’s development and learning
  • Learning and development: children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, all areas of learning are equally important and interconnected

The EYFS explains how and what your child will be learning to give them a firm foundation for a successful start to KS1.  Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 Areas of Development

Of these, children usually develop the 3 Prime Areas first.  These are:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development

 As children grow these Prime Areas will help them to develop skills in the 4 Specific Areas:

  • Literacy Development
  • Understanding of the World
  • Mathematical Development
  • Expressive Arts & Design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child's learning.  At Thameside we plan our curriculum based in your own children’s interest.  Learning is guided by exceptional early year’s practitioners who skilfully support children's learning and development through effective teaching.  Each child's learning and development is recorded and celebrated through their own unique learning journey.

If you would like to learning more about the revised EYFS please visit the Government website here:

Practice Guidance for the EYFS

Early Years Outcomes