Based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, Pallies’ philosophy focuses on the holistic development of each individual child and draws on best nursery practices. Above all else, we see the child as an individual and a unique being. We respect that every child is different and we nurture, educate and celebrate each child’s culture, belief system and values.
The British EYFS curriculum sets the standards to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. At Pallies, we adopt the framework and focus on the 7 areas of learning and development:
personal, social and emotional development
communication and language
expressive arts and design
understanding the world
Personal, social and emotional development "involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities".
Physical development "involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity6, and to make healthy choices in relation to food".
Communication and language development "involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations".
Expressive arts and design "involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology".
Understanding the world "involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment".
Literacy development "involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest".
Mathematics "involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure".