Early Years Foundation Stage
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old enough they will not turn from it"
Cranfield Church of England Academy is a dual-site school where we have a 44 place Pre-School and one Reception Class at out St Paul's Site and two Reception classes based at out St Peter's Site. We aspire for all members of our family to 'live life in all its fullness' and greatness in all its forms.
In their early years, children develop quickly and a child's experiences between birth and five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy Early Years experience is therefore vital to their educational success. We pride ourselves on having a strong partnership with parents and carers which provides the foundation that children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. Through our Christian Values education we develop and nurture strong positive attitudes where children become proud and respectful of themselves, others and their environment.
We follow the curriculum as outlined in the 2021 Statutory Framework for the EYFS. The EYFS framework includes seven areas of learning and development that are equally important and interconnected. The prime areas are: Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. The prime areas are strengthened and applied through four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
In EYFS staff plan and activities for children that enable them to develop and learn effectively. We have a focus strongly on the three prime areas. The individual needs, interests and stage of development of each child is taken into account to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for all. Each area of learning is planned for through a mixture of adult led and child-initiated interactions.