Discover (EYFS & Key Stage 1) Pathway

 At Stanton Vale our aim is that every child accesses a rich, relevant and well planned provision that enables each individual child to flourish. Our curriculum is designed to provide our children with the confidence, skills and knowledge to ensure they leave Discover Provision as individuals who are ready for the challenges and opportunities that await them on their future Pathway in school. All children in Discover follow our Early Years curriculum which we teach in the knowledge that some of our children will remain in Discover until Year 2.

Discover provides a tailored curriculum that is personalised and unique to every child dependent on their individual needs. The Discover curriculum follows the Differentiated Early Years Outcomes (DEYO), employing a variety of frameworks including the Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2001 (Birth to 5), Autism Education Trust framework, and smaller steps that ensure that the progress of all children, regardless of need, can be recognised. In the Discover Provision we also use the child’s Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to inform our activities and learning. Every child will have a communication system in place which allows them to communicate in their own unique way.

Our curriculum is delivered with differentiated adult-led tasks and child-initiated learning, enabling children to follow their own interests where possible within a stimulating and carefully structured, yet flexible, indoor and outdoor provision covering the following 7 areas of the EYFS curriculum;

Prime Areas 

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

Specific Areas

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


Our children will have 2 transitions whilst in the Discover Provision, which include their arrival into Stanton Vale and when they join a Pathway class in school. Transitions into school are personalised to suit the individual needs of each child and their family. Arrangements are made for the class lead to visit their current placement and to make a home visit. Parents are offered a school tour and a ‘play and stay’ session with their child before a transition into education starts. This allows for discussions around the child, their needs and the parents’ wishes.

The second transition is from Discover Provision onto one of Stanton Vale’s 4 Pathways (Support, Explore, Nurture, Aspire). This transition will start in key Stage 1 (KS1), where we clarify which Pathway the individual child will be on through talks with the curriculum managers, parents, professionals and through assessment and progress of evidence. By the time Discover children transition into the next curriculum Pathway, they will have achieved their full potential in EYFS and be fully prepared for these next steps. They will have the skills, knowledge, communication and confidence for future learning.