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Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage, planning is less structured than in other year groups. It is responsive to the ongoing needs of the group to ensure that learning is meaningful and relevant and that it also builds on the children’s current interests both at home and school. Teachers plan to develop the three characteristics of learning (playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.) ‘Development Matters’ is used as a basis to ensure activities are matched to children’s age and stage of development. Staff use observation to assess the next step in learning and to identify new interests and lines of enquiry. Planning ensures a balance across the prime and specific areas of learning.

More information can be found by clicking the links to ‘Development Matters’ and 'Early Years outcomes' below.

Development Matters

Early Years outcomes