Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Newton College aims to provide children with the best first steps to learning possible. We strive for all children to develop and reach their full potential in a creative and stimulating environment, opening minds and equipping them with skills to be lifelong learners, while providing a familiar and caring atmosphere in which children feel motivated, cared for and happy.
The EYFS is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting and fun as well as supporting their development and learning needs.
Education in Nursery 1 is based on the English Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which sets “Early Learning Goals” for children achieve. The EYFS consists of seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four specific areas, and is implemented through the characteristics of effective learning. Learning and development is further enhanced by the three themes which underpin the EYFS: A Unique Child, Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments.
Education in Nursery 2, 3 and Reception is based on the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC).
The IEYC is a new research-based curriculum recognising global best practice in early years childhood education and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds. It supports key areas of learning through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas, including personal, social and emotional development. The IEYC is built around eight learning principles which are intrinsically linked to a unique IEYC Process of Learning. The Process of Learning captures children´s natural curiosity as a starting point and, within an enabling environment, balances child-initiated and teacher-scaffolded provision.