Our Foundation Stage Unit (FSU) takes all the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The FSU caters for children aged 2 to 5 years and consists of three groups of children:
- Ladybirds – Pre-school (2-3 year olds)
- Caterpillars – Pre-school (3-4 year olds)
- Butterflies – Reception (4-5 year olds)
The Foundation Stage Unit allows children to benefit from play and learning opportunities as we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is based on learning through play. The latest research informs us that Reception age children develop better in a learning environment that is play based.
What are the benefits?
A major benefit of working as a FSU is that children are able to work on adult focused activities that are appropriate for their stage of development. Groupings are arranged so that children learn what they need to learn, when they are ready to learn it. Pre-School children may work alongside reception children if it is appropriate and vice versa. Groupings are more flexible to benefit the children and staff can provide opportunities that are challenging and meet individual needs.
When playing, younger children benefit from playing alongside older and more experienced children. Older children benefit from working with younger children, for example, by explaining how to play a game. Children are able to access appropriate resources and are given the time and space to develop at their own pace.
The FSU further benefits children as they are in the same part of the school for a longer period of time. This makes the first few years of education a time of emotional security which builds confidence and reduces the stress which can be caused by transition. Children have familiar routines and work with the same team of familiar adults.