Early Years Education at NBIS

Welcome to Early Years at NBIS!

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, which is the national curriculum for England.

Our dedicated staff recognises that all children are unique and understand that the early years are an extremely important time in a child’s learning. Our small class sizes allow us to really engage and get to know the children, planning activities that are tailor-made to each individual. We encourage the children to develop their independence and curiosity through purposeful play, as well as teacher-led activities.

Throughout each day, the children have many opportunities to explore, encouraging them to ask questions, develop their confidence and foster a willingness to have a go at new things. The framework is designed for teachers and families to work together and we believe that our partnership with parents is essential to each child’s development and success.

The 7 areas of learning and development in EYFS curriculum are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Play is the context for learning in Early Years. Through play, young children explore and learn to understand the world, showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand. Therefore, we are supporting the development of positive learning behaviours such as: effective communication, resilience, problem solving, concentration, organisation, confidence, curiosity, self-esteem and many more.

More information can be found at - https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage

Assessment in the Early Years

There are two parts to the assessment of Early Years children at NBIS. These consist of two formal semester reports, as well as an ongoing ‘child portfolio’. Portfolios are a written and photographic record of the child’s learning journey which the children keep throughout their years in Early Years at NBIS. The portfolio highlights the child’s personal successes,development and progression as they grow.

Jenny Hepworth
Head of Early Childhood