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Curriculum

Mulberry House aims to provide a stimulating environment that encourages young children to develop confidence and a foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Children progress through the goals of The Early Years through to the Foundation Stage and the Reception Year.

The New Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The department of Education in the UK has issued a statutory framework for the Nursery setting, known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The framework sets out the legal requirements for the care of young children relating to learning, development and welfare. These are important areas all parents need to be comfortable with before choosing any type of childcare for their young children. The EYFS framework sets the UK standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. The curriculum is built around four principles;

    • A Unique Child
    • Positive Relationships
    • Enabling Environments
    • Learning and Development
 

The curriculum is organized into the following areas;

  • Personal, Social and Emotional DevelopmenThis development area focuses on children making positive relationships with their peers and adults, having self-awareness and self-confidence, and learning how to manage their feelings and behaviors.
  • Physical Development This development area includes sports and moving and handling. Teachers encourage independence to explore and move between indoors and outdoors. This area also consists of health and self-care which includes using a spoon or fork during meal time, drinking from a cup, desire to help with undressing/dressing and hygiene routines.
  • Communication and Language Development This development area includes listening and paying attention, understanding, and speaking. Teachers encourage repetition, rhythm and rhyme through songs, poems and books.
  • Literacy This developmental area focuses on reading and writing. Mulberry House children will participate in stories, songs, rhymes, and handling books independently. Children will also learn through mark making and phonic activities.
  • Mathematics This development area includes numbers and shape, space and measure. Teachers will encourage the use of number words with counting songs, rhymes and activities. Children will learn about recognising patterns and shapes and how to fit different shapes into correct spaces.
  • Understanding the World This development area includes people and communities, the world, and technology. Children will focus on their families and relations. They will also learn each other’s names and be able to recognise their friends.
  • Expressive Arts and Design This development area focuses on exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative. Teachers encourage children to explore sounds by banging, shaking, tapping, or blowing. Children will also use different musical instruments to accompany songs in class.