EYFS Principles

Four guiding principles shape practice at Kirton Lindsey Early Years Foundation Stage which are inline with the school’s aspirational vision, aims and values. These are:

  • Every child is a Unique Child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through Positive Relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in Enabling Environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents / carers.
  • Children Learn and Develop in different ways and at different rates.

1. A Unique Child

At Kirton Lindsey Early Years Foundation Stage we recognise that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured. We recognise that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others. We use praise and encouragement, as well as celebration/sharing assemblies and rewards, to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to learning.

2. Positive Relationships

At Kirton Lindsey Early Years Foundation Stage, we recognise that children learn to be independent by building secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families. This theme is about children learning to manage their feelings and build relationships. We respect all kinds of families and aim to develop a positive two-way relationship with parents. We will support, listen and work with the children at Kirton Lindsey Primary School – Early Years Foundation Stage to help them learn.

3. Enabling Environments

At Kirton Lindsey Early Years Foundation Stage, we recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. This begins by observing the children and assessing their interests, development and learning, before planning challenging but achievable activities and experiences. We ensure that inside and outside spaces in the EYFS are safe, interesting and engaging. Our EYFS staff support children, working as a team to help children succeed.

4. Learning and Development

At Kirton Lindsey Early Years Foundation Stage we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. We value all areas of learning and development equally and understand that they are inter connected. We focus on ensuring young children learn through play and exploration, with support for each individual. We encourage children to develop imagination, to get actively involved in learning and to make decisions. We make every attempt to develop children’s creative and critical thinking, balancing the need for both the children and adults to lead the learning.

EYFS Principles Infographic

To find out more, please see our EYFS Policy and Principles below.

Early Year Foundation Stage Policy and Principles