Our Teaching Learning and Assessment Policy provides detailed information about how we deliver the Early Years Curriculum at Abercromby.

Children aged 0-5 follow the Early Years Foundation Stage or EYFS stage of learning. Four guiding principles shape our practice. 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 and/or carers; and
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The areas of learning and development

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the education we provide. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three Prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. Click on the links below to find out more about the programmes of study for each area:

We also support children’s learning in four Specific Areas, through which the three Prime Areas are strengthened and applied. The Specific Areas are:

Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

When planning and guiding children’s activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn. This is about helping children to see themselves as competent learners, developing metacognition, and to develop their skills and abilities in learning to learn. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

    • playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
    • active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
    • creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things


Further information about the EYFS and how your child learns in those vitally important first years, can be found in the following document

What to expect in the EYFS 2021

This will also give you ideas for how to support your child’s development at home.