We work to the Curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The EYFS is a play-based framework that acknowledges that every child is unique and that they learn and develop at different rates and in different ways. It is made up of three prime areas and four specific areas of learning and development; here are the requirements of each of these.
The prime areas:
These are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
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.
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.
The specific areas:
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 & 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.
A copy of ‘A Parent Guide – foundation year’ is available to look at on the parent’s display and also you can download a copy from www.4children.org.uk.
“Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators, when parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on the child’s development and learning.” ¹
Parents are able to speak to their child’s key person at any time. We also have a parents evening twice a year, which is an opportunity for parents to get a focused update on their child’s development.
We encourage parents to engage with their child’s Learning Journal, this is a record of a child’s development during their time at preschool. We use an online Learning Journal called EY Log. The EY Log Parent app allows parents to view and comment on observations in addition to recording their own.
We also ask that parents write the interests of their child on our display board to help us to include this in our planning. There is a parent helper rota on the noticeboard and we always welcome an extra pair of hands!
¹ The Early Year Foundation Stage: Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five – May 2008