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EYFS 2021

How we use the EYFS at Padbury Pre-School.

All children are different. They have their own unique experiences they bring to the setting. For example their family and home life, cultures, experiences and interests. When creating and providing the learning environment these factors need to be considered as every child is an individual. At Padbury Pre-School we believe all children learn through play. 


Children learn at their own pace and in many different ways. In order for children to learn and thrive in Pre-School we ensure we follow the characteristics of effective learning:

Playing and exploring: 


  • We encourage the children to make independent choices.

  • Bring their own interests and fascinations into the setting.

  • Have a range of experiences to learn from.

Active learning:

  • To participate in the Pre-School routine.

  • To keep trying when things maybe tricky.

Creating and thinking critically:

  • Take part in pretend play.

  • Feel the sense of pride and success when they have achieved something.

  • To feel confident sharing their own ideas.

  • Have increased concentration when they are achieving something that is important to them. 

Within the EYFS there are seven areas of learning. The first three are the 'prime areas'.

  1. Personal, social and emotional development.

  2. Communication and language.

  3. Physical development.

  4. Literacy

  5. Mathematics

  6. Understanding of the world.

  7. Expressive arts and design.

These areas of development help us as practitioners to plan, assess and review the children's learning and development.

Intent, implementation and impact:




What the Early Years Practitioners hopes the child will learn.

What Practitioners do everyday to help children learn. Such as use of resources or interaction.

What has the child learnt? How effective has the teaching and learning environment been?


Pedagogy is a mixture of different approaches to teaching. Children learn through play, by adults modelling behavior, by observing one another and through guided learning and direct teaching. At Padbury Pre-school we ensure we use a variety of teaching methods in order for children to learn and develop using the most effective method for the individual child.

At Padbury Preschool we follow these British Values. At Padbury Preschool we embed our British Values by encouraging:

Democracy- making decisions together As part of the focus on self-confidence and self-awareness as cited in Personal, Social and emotional within the EYFS staff can encourage children to see their role in the bigger picture, encouraging children to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings.

Rule of law - understanding rules matter as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development As part of the focus on managing feelings and behaviour: Staff can ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its 2 consequences, and learn to distinguish right from wrong. 

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Individual liberty - freedom for all As part of the focus on self-confidence & self-awareness and people & communities. Children should develop a positive sense of themselves. A a range of experiences should be encouraged that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand we are free to have different opinions.

Mutual respect and tolerance - treat others as you want to be treated As part of the focus on people & communities, managing feelings & behaviour and making relationships  in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the World: Padbury Preschool will create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community. We encourage children to  acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences. Staff encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions. 

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