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Early Years Foundation Stage

All learners are entitled to access full time education upon entry, from the age of four.

Each learner and their family have a bespoke transition package of support on confirmation of placement and then upon entry. Careful and sensitive planning ensures the best outcomes and a smooth transition.

Prior to arrival at Selworthy, planned pre-entry school meetings are held. At these meetings we identify and highlight specific areas where learners and their families can work alongside school to prepare the learners prior to entry for the best possible start. Parents are fully supported to be part of the decision making and transition process as we believe this enables parents/carers to have ownership and this assists in building confidence.

We work alongside The Oak partnership Trust EYFS cluster to support, share and challenge our practice. This close working forms a platform for us to discuss trends, highlight gaps and share resources.

We follow the curriculum as outlined in the 2022 statutory framework of the EYFS.

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Driving independence is at the core of our teaching. Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play, and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Practitioners respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. We use a range of Total Communication resources and strategies to enhance learner’s cognition, interactions, processing, transitioning and understanding

Sensory resources are incorporated within the class or the outdoors and learners are encouraged to learn how to self-regulate their sensory needs throughout the day.

Further understanding and detail can be gained by reference to our policies:

Trust wide policies can be found here:  Policies | The Oak Partnership Trust