Our Curriculum

At hilltop Tots we embrace the EYFS which is a framework that shapes high standard of practice. We adhere to this framework to ensure are practice is of the highest standard and that we provide the best possible care for our children and families.

The early years foundation stage is a play based curriculum for children aged 0-5, which enables children to play, learn, explore and have fun in a safe yet challenging environment.

By embracing the EYFS we ensure that Hilltop Tots provides an inclusive service for all that is available to all and delivered by a skilled workforce.

The four principles of the EYFS that guide us in the delivery of the EYFS curriculum are:

A Unique Childevery child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationshipschildren learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a keyperson
Enabling Environmentsthe environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
Learning and Developmentchildren develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

Within the EYFS framework, There are Seven areas of Learning and Development, which help us to observe, plan and assess your child's activities, based on their individual development, needs, wishes and feelings.

Within the seven areas are three prime areas which are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. They are:

Communication and language - development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations

Physical development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food

Personal, social and emotional development- involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behavior in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities

The specific areas will enable them to be self-motivated learners who are confident to succeed and are the areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. They are:

•Literacy development - involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest

•Mathematics - involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure

•Understanding the world - involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment

•Expressive arts and design - involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology