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The Early Years Curriculum at Wistanstow Under Fives

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. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. There are four themes of the EYFS that underpin all the guidance as shown below.

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The four overarching principles that shape EYFS practice.

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our curriculum at Wistanstow Under Fives. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The three prime areas are strengthened and applied through the four specific areas.






See below for an outline of what each area develops. These areas develop through from birth through to five years of age and look different in pre-school and school. For further information of how this might look for children at different ages and stages, please click on the following link – 4Children_ParentsGuide_2017_WEB1.
















At Wistanstow Under Fives, we think very carefully about the different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice through the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.


A strength of our pre-school is the way we link with Wistanstow C.E. Primary School. Below you will find the Joint Curriculum that has been developed by the school and ourselves.   Take a look: it will show you how we ensure that activities are designed to help children learn and develop the skills they will need right through from 2 years to 11 years.