Our innovative Early Years programme is the start of an engaging and meaningful journey of discovery and joy for children and families. As children’s first teachers, we understand the crucial role parents play in ensuring the transition from home to school is a success. Indeed, we firmly believe parents are partners in our pupil’s learning journey. Parents may well select Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou because of a shared philosophy; you want your child to have a different education, one which will help them to develop a curious and independent mind.
At Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou, we are guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), where the characteristics of effective learning are fostered. The includes the ways in which a child engages with others and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas.
THE EYFS IDENTIFIES SEVEN AREAS OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT:
The prime areas run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS:
– Communication and Language
– Personal, Social and Emotional Development
– Physical Development
The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning:
– Understanding the World
– Expressive Arts and Design
EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM
Research on successful outcomes of provision in Early Years, both in the short term and for later success in school and as adults has pointed to some general guidance and guidelines for consideration in practice. The best outcomes for children’s learning occur where most of the activity within a child’s day is a mixture of:
– Child-initiated play, actively supported by adults.
– Focused (adult led) learning, with adults guiding the learning through playful, rich experiential activities.