Learning & Development

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and this sets out the statutory requirements and standards that we must meet to ensure the health and welfare of your child, as well as their learning and development. 

Peapod recognises that all children learn and develop at their own pace and your child’s key person will plan activities based around their interests and according to their needs. You can track your child’s progress in their Tapestry Learning Journey. You can also discuss how we implement the EYFS at any time or during parents’ evenings with your child’s key person.  

Curriculum and Areas of Learning and Development 

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational curriculum in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The first 3 or prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. 

  • 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 behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. 
  • 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.  
  • 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 measures.   
  • 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. 

To find out more about the EYFS you can view the full document of the Statutory Framework here.