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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

What is the EYFS?

The EYFS is how early years professionals and the Government describe the time in your child’s life between birth and 5 years (i.e the end of reception).

This stage helps your child prepare for future learning and success as well as preparing them for school. This early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development care and learning needs.

All registered settings must follow the legal document “The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework” which has been in place since September 2007.  The revised version, introduced September 2012, has been developed to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. It sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements – to keep your child safe and promote their welfare;
  • The 7 areas of Learning and Development – to guide professionals in engagement with
    your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge;
  • Assessments – to give you information about your child’s progress through the EYFS
    Expected levels that your child should reach at the end of Reception. These are called
    the Early Learning Goals (ELG’s).

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn and it is our duty to make sure this continues while your child attends our setting.

There are four guiding principles which shape the practice in our pre-school:

  • every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient,
    capable, confident and self-assured;
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences
    respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners
    and parents and carers;
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework
    covers the education of all children in early years provision, including children with
    special educational needs and disabilities.

All children develop at their own rates and in their own ways, your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of development.

The main focus of their learning should be initially the three Prime Areas which are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. They are :-

  • Personal, social and emotional development – developing self-confidence and self
    awareness, learning how to share and make friends and learning how to manage their
    feelings and behaviour;
  • Communication and Language – developing their listening and attention skills,
    their understanding and their speaking;
  • Physical Development – developing the way they move and control their bodies
    and use equipment.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop in 4 specific areas. These are:

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

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. We aim to give your children a very positive experience at pre-school. We want them to; want to come to pre-school, to be keen to try new activities and challenges, grow in confidence and esteem and be confident speakers. Also to make friends, understanding that we are all different, we are all special in our own right but we all need to learn to work and play with each other.

Alongside the revised EYFS, the progress check at 2 was introduced. All 2 year old children will have a written summary that will be shared with you, the parent, during your child’s first term. The summary is based on the three prime areas – Personal, Social and Emotional, Communication and Language and Physical.  This check is to highlight areas where children are doing well and to spot any areas that might need some extra help and support. You are also welcome to share this information with your health visitor, who can use it as part of the health and development review.

As the child’s first teachers you, the parents, have had the most influence on your child. That is why it is so important that we have information from you about your children’s skills and abilities.  A parent working closely with us helps the children to make good progress in their learning. By receiving information from you, about your child’s interests, strengths and needs, the setting can plan activities that will capture children’s interests and fire their enthusiasm.

By us sharing observations of children with you, the key person can suggest ideas to build on activities at home in ways that are fun and we can continue to plan appropriately.  We aim to do this through your key person with written information, talking with you, and giving you the opportunity to spend time in the setting.  Children always love having visitors and showing them off the pre-school.

Morning Timetable

9.15 Child-led and adult guided activities both indoors and outdoors
Sand and Water play
Art Activity / Cooking / Planting
Large physical equipment (slide/climbing frame/bikes/rockers)
Malleable (play dough/foam/gloop/ice/grain)
Small world play (Playmobil sets/dolls house/dinosaurs/garage and cars)
Role play activities (home/police station/shops/post office)
Puzzles/table top games
Fine motor skills (drawing/cutting/stencils/construction)
10.25 ish Snack Time in key worker groups, plus talking about items from home
11.30 Clearing up – children are encouraged to help
11.40 Adult led group time
11.55 Story time
12.05 Goodbye song and prayer

The timetable is very flexible to adapt to the children’s needs and interests.