Why principles, pedagogy and practice?


We all need a secure starting point that captures our values and beliefs about what we are doing and why we are doing it.  Our principles come from the EYFS Themes and Commitments, our knowledge of children, their development and learning and from the work of theorists past and present.


To translate our knowledge of how children develop and learn into exemplary practice requires the right tools. Practitioners need to be equipped with a range of skills, strategies and actions in order to understand children and support their learning effectively. Being reflective and reflecting on practice is central to this process.


What we do with our children is what matters most.  Exemplary practice provides children with experiences and opportunities, which are well thought through offering good continuous provision and open-ended materials which inspire, promote and encourage imaginative and creative thinking and learning.

The EYFS Themes and Principles are one of our best starting points.