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Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) which is a national statutory framework for all children from 0-5 years.

At Arlesdene we place high importance on the value of play as the most effective way in which young children learn.  Staff plan a broad and balanced curriculum, based on their observations of children’s play using their interests to plan the next steps in their learning. This helps them to develop and make good progress.

’What to Expect, When?’ guide will help you as a parent/carer to find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage. There are lots of useful ideas and tips as to how you can help your child to learn at home.

The principles which guide our work under the Early Years Foundation Framework are:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

There are eight areas of learning and development which form the early years curriculum:

Prime Areas

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

Specific Areas

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Art and Design

At Arlesdene we provide high quality learning opportunities in our indoor and outdoor environments which are designed and equipped to meet the specific needs and interests of the children. Children are able to choose where they learn and play.

We know that children learn best through creative play and when they are fully engaged with ideas and activities that interest them. We ensure that the learning environments are stimulating and engaging with many opportunities for children to initiate their own ideas while supported by an adult. Children are also encouraged to join in small group learning time with their key person.

Further useful information for parents can be found at:

Special Education Needs (SEN) or Disabilities

Please talk to a member of staff if you are concerned about your child’s development. If your family is facing particular challenges, or your child has a special educational need (SEN), disability or additional needs, there is lots of help and support available to you.

Please see our Special Needs page for further information.