Early Years Foundation Stage A child’s experiences in the earliest years of its life  are critical to their subsequent development. High  quality education is a crucial step towards ensuring  that all children arrive at primary or preparatory  school ready and eager to learn. To plan a suitable  curriculum for our children we use the Early Years  Foundation Stage, which recognises the holistic  nature of development and learning and compliments our preferred method of education - the Maria  Montessori approach. There are six areas that  celebrate the skill, competence and uniqueness of  babies and young children and pre-school children  and highlight the inter-relationship between growth,  learning, development and the environment in which  they are cared for and educated. Children’s learning  does not fit neatly in compartments and we therefore consider all areas to plan effectively for the children  in our nurseries and schools. Each child is different  therefore we look at them as individuals. When we plan for our youngest ones we bear in mind that children should feel at home in the nursery. They are not at school yet and activities should be fun and  optional. We provide a warm, caring environment  where children have the opportunity to develop their, social, emotional, language, creative, cognitive and  physical skills. Children learn through their senses by  doing rather than by being told, by being given  appropriate responsibility and allowed to make  errors, decisions and choices. As children grow older their needs change and  subsequently in our Montessori Schools we adapt the  environment accordingly and the activities we  provide present a greater learning challenge for each child.  
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Managing feelings and behaviour Self confidence and self awareness Making relationships Physical Development Moving and handling Health and self-care Communication and Language Listening and attention Understanding Speaking The four specific areas are: Expressive Arts and Design Being imaginative. Exploring and using media and materials. Literacy Reading Writing Understanding the World People and communities The world Technology Mathematics Numbers Shape, space and measurer  
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