Early Years Foundation Stage

As we have mentioned we are governed by the EYFS which sets the standards required to be met in Children’s learning and development and well-being.

Four guiding principles which shape our practice are;

  • 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/carers
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework allows for the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities

Seven areas of learning and development

These shape our planning and assessment of children’s learning and development, all are important and inter-connected. The three prime areas of learning are;

  • Communication and language- listening and attention, understanding, speaking.
  • Physical development- moving and handling, health and self-care
  • Personal, social and emotional development- self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour, making relationships.

The four specific area of learning are;

  • Literacy- reading and writing
  • Mathematics – numbers, shape, space and measures
  • Understanding the world- people and communities, the world, technology
  • Expressive arts and design- exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative.

We also encourage characteristics of effective learning, which are the different ways in which children learn, by providing opportunities to;

  • Play and explore- children investigating and experiencing things and ‘having a go’
  • Actively learn – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • Create and think critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

For more information go to;
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-handbook-2014

Assessing learning and development

During the course of the sessions the staff will be observing the children in their play, this enables us to learn more about their interests so that we can plan play experiences that they will enjoy and learn from. It also helps us to record their progress; these observations are shared with parents through regular parents meetings.