Curriculum – Development Matters in the Early Years
When your child enters Foundation we collect valuable information from parents, carers, home visits and child care settings to help us build a picture of your child. In addition to this we observe the children to create a baseline assessment of where they are developmentally. This enables us to tailor our curriculum and environment to their specific needs.
Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.
Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
The four themes of the EYFS underpin all the guidance. We use the Development Matters Document. This non-statutory guidance material supports practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS.
Children develop at their own rates, and in their own ways. The development statements and their order should not be taken as necessary steps for individual children.
They should not be used as checklists. The age/stage bands overlap because these are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development.