Aims and Objectives

Using the four principles of practice within the (EYFS) ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’:

  1. a unique child
  2. positive relationships
  3. enabling environments
  4. learning and development

Staff at Playwam will:

  • protect and nurture the wellbeing, health and confidence of the child
  • motivate active learners
  • encourage a sense of belonging and form the base of a secure relationship with parents and key workers
  • value and promote play as providing meaningful learning and ensure the opportunities are fair and equal, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age or background
  • recognise children learn in different way and at different rates and that all areas of learning are equally important and inter-connected.


The areas of learning and development within the EYFS are based around seven broad areas of learning:

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area is concerned with emotional wellbeing, knowing yourself and where you fit in It is about children’s own view of themselves, their self esteem and their relationships with others.

We look at relationships, feelings and needs and at acceptable social behaviour. We learn the differences between right and wrong, about the world around us and the diversity of cultures.

Communication and Language

We investigate not just the spoken language, but all forms of communication. We encourage children to talk about themselves, interact with adults and peers and to organise their thoughts.

We offer children many opportunities to express themselves, to listen to others and to explain their ideas in words, pictures, songs and rhymes.

Physical Development

Children develop their physical abilities in this area of learning. We help them to develop physical control of their movements, co-ordination and special awareness. The children are actively helped to understand the need for safety and of health and hygiene and the benefits of staying active. We therefore encourage them to move with confidence and increasing control. Children are equally supported in developing their fine motor skills.

Specific Areas


This area introduces knowledge and understanding of numbers, shapes and space. It looks at patterns, symmetry, positional relationships and measure. Children learn to sort, count, sequence, measure, compare and problem solve.

Understanding the World

Children learn about themselves and the world around them. We provide opportunities for children to find out about the past events in their lives and look to the future. We explore the environment and learn about living things.

Playwam will provide the opportunities that will develop the enquiring mind and introduce the skills of observation and experimentation as well as Information Technology.

Expressive Arts and Designs

This area of development allows the children time and the opportunity to explore and experiment with different materials and ideas. Imagination can be developed, observations carefully made and a variety of different tool and techniques applied. At Playwam, we encourage children to develop a sense of colour and an understanding of texture and shape. We offer drawing and painting and the opportunity to cook.

The children enjoy all musical forms and rhymes and are encouraged in imaginative play and dance.


Playwam has a wide selection of books, both fiction and non fiction and poetry and a well resourced role play area to provide a range of listening and writing equipment.

Each area of learning and development is provided for within a full range of planned and spontaneous learning experiences, both inside and outdoors and lays secure foundations for future learning.

Playwam acknowledges that parents are their children’s first and foremost educators and they understand their children better than anyone else. We therefore encourage them to share information about their children’s strengths and interests and to play an active role in activities at Playwam.