At Percy Hedley School we recognise that the Early Years is a key period for development of the child’s whole personality. Every child develops uniquely and we aim to provide learning opportunities based on their individual interests and needs. Our whole school key drivers; Communication, Functionality and Independence and Wellbeing are embedded within the ethos of the EYFS. These drivers ensure pupils are learning in a safe, secure environment and have access to a curriculum which develops key characteristics on which they can build on in later years. Parents play an essential role in the early years and we aim to work collaboratively alongside parents, drawing on their wealth of knowledge and expertise. A transdisciplinary team provides a child centred approach to learning ensuring that therapy is fully integrated within the daily routine.
We currently provide an Early Years setting for children with cerebral palsy and associated disorders. Pupils are aged approximately 3 – 7 years old, however due to their complex presentations, are working below their chronological age. Pupils may work within the EYFS framework for longer allowing us to respond to their developmental needs, whilst also incorporating age appropriate activities. The philosophies of Conductive Education are adopted within the EYFS, however as some pupils have complex learning difficulties and disorders, the traditional CE method has been adapted to incorporate sensory strategies and other appropriate methods.
We recognise that assessment is at the heart of promoting children’s learning and is therefore a continuous process to inform the next steps for each child. We work in collaboration with parents and other professionals to ensure that the child’s needs are fully met and there is a consistent approach between home and school.
Within the EYFS we aim to
- Provide a child centred approach to learning enabling all pupils to thrive and make progress.
- Provide a stimulating environment where pupils feel safe and secure and have all their needs met.
- Work collaboratively with parents to ensure a consistent approach at home and in school.
- Work in partnership with other professionals and external agencies.
- Promote British Values to teach pupils about the world they live in and their role within society.
- Adhere to the Statutory Framework of the EYFS and the four guiding principles that shape practice within Early Years settings.
- 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
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates