Early Years 

At Crowdys the Early Years curriculum is based on the 4 principles of the Early Years Framework. 
*Unique child – activities planned are based on the children’s individual interests and from their individual starting points. 
*Positive relationships – These are developed with both children and parents. There is a home / school communication book which is written in regularly. Parents are invited into school for workshops / stay and play sessions and learning journeys are shared. Staff spend time getting to know the children through observations and supported play sessions. 
*Enabling environments – Children are provided with different spaces to learn in, this includes a sensory room and therapy area, an EYFS outdoor learning space and a physical development and sensory experiences room. Children are introduced to new resources and taught how to use them functionally. 
*Learning and Development – Children are provided opportunities to learn through supported play and adult directed activities. 
The EYFS curriculum is split into 7 areas of learning. All of these areas are equally important and connected. 
The 3 Prime Areas are: 
• Communication and Language 
• Physical Development 
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
The 4 Specific Areas are: 
• Literacy 
• Mathematics 
• Understanding the World 
• Expressive Arts and Design 

Learning for Life 

Our curriculum focuses on giving students opportunities to make their needs, wants, interests and experiences known in their chosen form of communication. All staff are trained and experienced in using Signalong, AAC (augmented assistive communication), ALDs (aided language displays) and PECS (picture exchange communication system). 

Who teaches this curriculum? 

They have completed Autism awareness courses and Signalong training. All teaching assistants have undertaken first aid training, manual handling training and phonics training. 
In the EYFS class the staff to pupil ratios are higher, as we are just beginning to build independence and readiness to learn. On average classes have ratios of 1:2. 

How does the curriculum differ from mainstream schools? 

We follow the Early Years Developmental Matters 2021 curriculum; this framework is suitable from birth to aged 5. We adapt the curriculum so activities are based on children’s individual needs, interests and level of development. 

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