The Early Years Foundation Stage is comprised of our Nursery and Reception classes, with children aged between 3 and 5 years. The Early Years programme lays the foundation for every child to play an active part in their own learning, building life skills and learning tools through creative activities in a secure and nurturing environment, ensuring that the first experiences of school are stimulating, positive and paced according to the developmental needs of the individual. Parents and carers are active participants in the child’s first steps in formal education.
We follow the National Early Years Curriculum which is divided into 7 areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
At ISCAT children play, explore and take an active role in their learning. They benefit from a wonderful outdoor learning environment which provides an extensive range of learning opportunities. Through encouraging independence, children demonstrate their creative and critical thinking and raise their own questions to extend their learning. Our teachers carefully plan the curriculum based around student needs and interests, providing the appropriate challenge at all times.