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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum of England (EYFS)

The EYFS defines the seven learning and development areas around the needs of young children of different ages.
Prime areas: Skills are cultivated throughout a child’s development in interpersonal relationships and social experiences. They are interconnected with the other areas. The three prime areas are: personal social and emotional development, physical development, and communication and language. For instance, our curriculum focus for C1 students would be based on the 3 Prime Areas of the EYFS:
We place emphasis on Physical Development –developing children’s control and coordination, and being able to handle tools, pencils etc. effectively and safely. Meanwhile, we encourage children to develop good habits in terms of their health, diet and exercise, including taking care of their basic personal hygiene needs such as dressing in a neat and tidy way, using the bathroom appropriately and washing hands regularly.

Communication and Language – Children will learn how to listen attentively, being able to answer questions most specifically the ‘How ‘and ‘Why’. They will also be able to follow instructions and to express themselves ultimately in English as well as Chinese.

In terms of Personal Social and Emotional Development, we set up experiences and opportunities for children to play co-operatively and offer guidance for them to be aware of other people’s needs and feelings, making sure that children understand why some behaviour is deemed acceptable and others not. Also, we develop the children’s self confidence and awareness, and thus they will be comfortable in trying new experiences. When children follow the rules, they will also be recognised and rewarded.

Specific areas: Essential skills in children’s development through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied. Such skills are: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

The EYFS believes that every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Our Teachers work hard to cultivate their cognitive development and curiosity and the children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. By defining prime areas and specific areas of learning, Harrow Little Lions provides clear developmental goals to be covered in a well-structured EYFS-based curriculum.