The Early Years Foundation Stage


Our Intent for the Early Years Foundation Stage

At Cuddington, our Early Years setting puts children’s wellbeing at the heart of its curriculum. When children start school, we ensure that they feel safe, happy and are able to build positive attachments with staff and peers. 
Our curriculum is designed around our children and their interests, considering local culture and family diversity. We aim to develop children’s independence, resilience and ambitions through carefully planned activities and a challenging environment. 
Our environment is purposely planned where children are taught to be respectful and that their efforts are valued. It is engaging, stimulating and promotes curiosity. Open ended resources are carefully selected encouraging deep engagement and high levels of concentration. 
Our expectations are ambitious for all children in our setting and with carefully planned support children are able to achieve their goals and be proud of themselves. We encourage children to persevere when challenges occur and to do their best. 


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Our classroom is much more than just a physical space. It is a place for children to feel safe, develop positive relationships with staff and peers and express their feelings freely. It is an environment that is carefully planned to accomodate the children's changing needs and interests. High quality and open ended resources are provided for children to use on a daily basis reflecting their curiosity. Every resource has its place and we teach the children use the resources respectfully and tidy away when they are finished. 

Our outdoor area is set up to develop children's physical development, problem solving, creativity and teamwork. Reflecting the indoor environment, resources are open ended and allow children to create their own leaning and play. We also encourage the children to take calculated risks. 



"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul." -Froebel

Play is one of the most important aspects of our curriculum. Children gain essential knowledge and skills through play and hands on experiences. Play is joyful, meaningful and engaging which enables children to take ownership of their learning and experiences. 


Working Together

You know your child better than anyone, which is why at Cuddington we work on developing positive relationships with parents. We invite parents into school each morning on a Wednesday and Friday untill 9.15am to play with their child and explore our environment. We also use an app called Tapestry so that parents can see what their child has been engaging with and learning about in school. 


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