At Haylands we offer a nurturing environment full of fun, creativity and stimulation which will inspire all of our children helping them to thrive and learn and prepare them for transition to primary school.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) identifies seven areas of learning that support children's development from birth to aged five. Our setting is focussed on the children being well-prepared for their transition.

At Haylands we cover the EYFS areas of learning which are:-

Prime Areas

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

  • Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

  • Our Aims - Every Child Matters

    1. At Haylands we aim to make all children feel included, secure and valued. We will also build a positive relationship with parents in order to work effectively with them and their children.

    2. We know that early years experience should build on what the child already knows and can do. We will encourage a positive attitude and disposition for all to learn with the aim to prevent early failure.

    3. At Haylands no child will be excluded or disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, special educational needs, disability, gender or ability.

    4. We will work with parents in an atmosphere of mutual respect within which children can have their security and confidence.

    5. Our early years curriculum will:
       ■ provide provision for the different starting points from which children develop their learning, building on what they can already do;
       ■ provide relevant and appropriate content that matches the different levels of young children's needs;
       ■ provide planned and purposeful activity that provides opportunities for teaching and learning, both indoors and outdoors.

    6. There will be opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by adults and also those that the children plan or initiate themselves. Children do not make a distinction between 'play' and 'work' so neither will we. Children need time to become engrossed, work in depth and complete activities.

    7. Our staff at Haylands observe and respond appropriately to children, informed by a knowledge of how children develop and learn and a clear understanding of possible next steps in their development and learning.

    8. Haylands will provide well-planned, purposeful activities and appropriate interventions that will engage children in the learning process and help them make progress in their learning and transition to primary school.