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Your child's first year at school is an exciting time with lots of new things to learn and explore. Our EYFS team have a good understanding of this and have lots of experience helping children settle in and adjust to school life. In the Early Years at Springbank Primary Academy we believe in providing children with a safe and stimulating environment in which they can flourish.
Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Springbank Primary Academy we greatly value the important role that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development, however we also believe early childhood is valid in itself, as part of life. It is important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.
All children begin school with a variety of experiences and learning. It is the privilege of the practitioners working in Reception to take on the task of building upon that prior learning and experience. This is done through a holistic approach to learning, ensuring that parents/carers, support staff and the Reception teachers work effectively together to support children's learning and development. We pride ourselves in our good communication with parents and recognise the important role they have to play in their children's education.
During your child's first year of school they will work towards Early Learning Goals. These goals cover 17 different areas of learning that are broken down in the following way:
Prime areas (which children should secure first):
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development and
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
At Springbank Primary Academy we believe these seven areas are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. We aim to deliver all the areas through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.