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Our EYFS vision and ethos

We believe that play underpins the delivery of the EYFS here at Gascoigne and that children learn best through practical, hands-on experiences and interactions with their environment.  The best outcomes for children’s learning occur where most of the activity within a child’s day is a mixture of:


Ø  Child-initiated play, actively supported by adults and

Ø  Focused learning, with adults guiding the learning through playful, rich and experiential activities.


Play provides children with opportunities to consolidate and extend skills and concepts learned. The outdoor area is an essential teaching and learning area.


  • We provide children with opportunities to:
  • develop their confidence, be part of a group, to take turns and share fairly,
  • to become strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and Key Persons,
  • imagine and recreate roles and experiences,
  • communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems
  • explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them to make sense of the world.
  • take risks, make and learn from mistakes,
  • practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills.

The EYFS practitioners at Gascoigne


  • are flexible, adaptable and spontaneous. Listen to children’s ideas and interests.
  • are positive and enthusiastic about indoor/outdoor play and are confident and knowledgeable about the benefits of learning in the outdoor area,
  • can support and encourage children to take risks and explore; and help children make sense of the world around them,
  • adopts a problem-solving and investigational approach where possible
  • provides opportunities for meaningful conversations between groups of children, and between adults and children.
  • knows that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
  • observe and reflects on children’s spontaneous play and monitor their development in all areas of the curriculum to inform future planning.

We all work together towards providing a calm, supportive environment within which children can learn and succeed.

EYFS Action plan: Improving outcomes for Children in their READING development