Learning Aims

The children in Early Years follow the revised Early Years framework curriculum introduced in September 2012.  The staff adhere to the Early Years principles and offer learning opportunities that develop the whole child. 

The children entrusted to us benefit greatly from our warm, welcoming and caring environment.  We celebrate the uniqueness of each child and aim to nurture their God-given talents and gifts.  The staff work in partnership with the parents to ensure that each child makes the necessary progress to achieve their potential.  The Early Years curriculum is holistic and balanced; emphasis is placed upon learning through practical experiences, discovery and play.  We provide a continuous learning experience both in and out of the classroom.  Our dedicated and experienced staff will ensure that your child flourishes and develops the necessary confidence, independence and love of learning that will begin their learning journey at Ratcliffe College. 

Learning Development Areas

There are seven areas of learning development which shape the educational programmes in Early Years.  All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. 

The prime areas are: 

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

 The prime areas are strengthened and applied by the specific areas which are: 

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive Arts and Design