We are working towards the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with all children in the Nursery. This has recently been redeveloped and took full effect from September 2012. The EYFS helps us to build the foundations of children’s learning. With the guidance set out by the government we will ensure that we provide every child with an environment in which they can thrive. The EYFS has 4 themes which are:
The Unique Child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning:
• Playing and Exploring
• Active Learning
• Creating and Thinking Critically
The Areas of Learning and Development are then divided into 7 areas, with 3 prime areas which are the key to children’s further development these are:
And there are 4 more specific areas which will develop once a child has developed the skills needed from the prime areas these are:
It is especially important to us that you as a parent or carer feel involved whilst your child is with us at Nursery and we encourage parents to tell us about exciting things that you are doing or holidays that you are going on so that we can share the excitement with your child.
Your child will be assigned a Key Person who will build a caring and strong relationship with your child. We also operate a key buddy system. Please speak to your key person for further information about this. You can click here to view the official guide to EYFS which is supported by the department of education.
Our Nursery uses the aspects from each area of development in the EYFS to help us to track each child’s progress and enable us to provide the right activities to help all of the children to achieve, progress and reach their full potential. The aspects for each area are:
Making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour
Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking
Moving and handling. Health and self-care.
Reading (enjoying books from an early age).
Writing (learning to make marks of their own).
Shape, space and measure. Numbers.
Technology. The world. People and communities.
Media and materials. Being imaginative.