Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. At HeadStart we provide a stimulating education, in secure and caring surroundings for children from 18 months to five years. Our aim is to give children the very best possible start to their learning journey, provide a firm foundation on which their future education can be built and inspire a true love of learning.
Learning at HeadStart is fun, exciting and inviting and within our Foundation department we provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, play, explore, imagine and take on challenges.
We consider learning through play to be an important teaching and learning tool in both the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1. We believe through play children develop intellectually, linguistically, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. Therefore, opportunities for indoor and outdoor play are central to practice in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
At HeadStart we offer a broad curriculum linked through topics to provide opportunities for the children to extend experiences and further their learning and knowledge. Languages, Music and Sport are key parts of the experience with PE, Music and Thai being taught by specialist teachers. Above all, in every area we encourage independence, enquiring minds, imagination, creativity, self-confidence and communication. We treat every child as an individual and believe that happy children are learning children.
We base our curriculum on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage but we believe in a flexible approach adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of our individual and international children.
The EYFS works within four key principles
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
With these four principles in mind, the curriculum features seven areas of learning and development:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
These three prime areas run along side four specific areas of learning:
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding of the World
‘Small class numbers, high staffing levels and positive relationships ensure children in the early years are individually known and supported well. As a result, they make rapid progress in their social, emotional and personal development. Children made good progress with their physical development through specialist PE lessons and play. They confidently and safely show good control and coordination.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017