The Curriculum at Chelwood

We know that the children joining our school have already learnt a great deal. The Curriculum offered at Chelwood is  guided by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014. This is based on the four  essential principles which are:

  • The Unique Child: ’Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured’
  • Positive relationships: ‘Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with Parents and or a Key person.’
  • Enabling Environments: ‘The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s learning and development’
  • Learning and Development: ‘Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.’

In order to gain the maximum access to and benefit from the Curriculum, the children are encouraged to be independent and autonomous, to organize their own time and to be in control of their own learning. We recognize that the most valuable learning takes place when children enjoy freedom of choice and access to sustained activity.

The children remain in their own classes only for the beginning of each session when the main gate is open for arrivals, and the register is taken. They then have the choice of the indoor or outdoor provision, and they may also visit the other classes. Each session ends with story time, which is delivered, in small groups.

Learning goes on throughout the day, whether the children are working with a specific adult at a supervised activity or playing alone, or with a group of friends. We provide a balance between child-initiated and adult focused activities and all staff work alongside the children, answering questions, suggesting ways that they can extend their activities and introducing new words and ideas. We use focused activities to introduce ideas, knowledge and vocabulary and to make sure that we are offering the children a broad and balanced curriculum.