The Early Years Foundation Stage - Providing a Firm Foundation
Early childhood is crucial in terms of children's development and well-being. A significantly high proportion of learning takes place in the years before a child reaches the age of six.
Riverside School provides an attractive and well planned learning environment for children who have reached the age of 3 years.
Riverside Early Years School has successfully achieved the Eco-Schools Bronze Award
Our Early Years Curriculum
The Early Years curriculum is based on the British model called the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. The philosophy underpinning the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is that learning should be carefully planned with an emphasis on activities that are relevant and motivating for each child. Children's learning is supported through planned play and extending and developing children's spontaneous play. The six areas covered by the early learning goals and educational programmes are:
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication, language and literacy
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
Knowledge and understanding of the world
The Early Years at Riverside School is characterised by:
- An emphasis on learning through purposeful play activities.
- A high ratio of adults to children to support individual learning needs.
- A stimulating indoor environment equipped with high quality resources.
- A safe and secure outdoor learning environment for very young children.
- A supportive approach to teaching children who do not speak English.
- A rich and varied curriculum based on six areas of learning.
- Regular contact between teachers and parents to help children reach their full potential by the end of Reception (PK4)
H.E. Sian MacLeod, the British Ambassador Opens Riverside Early Years School