Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will be the stage your child is in when they attend a Nursery from birth to the age of five. It is also the stage that they are in until the end of the Reception year at school. The EYFS Framework describes how we should work with children and their families to support their development and learning. It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life.
It is based on four important principles. These are:
– A Unique Child- Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
– Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and a key person.
– Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
– Learning And Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.
Early learning is the key to your child’s future and families make the greatest difference at this stage.
Areas of Learning and Early Learning Goals
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:
– Children should mostly develop the 3 Prime Areas first. These are:
– Personal, social and emotional development
– Communication and Language
– Physical Development
These Prime Areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the Prime Areas will help them to develop skills in 4 Specific Areas. These are:
– Understanding of the world.
– Expressive Arts and Design.
The 7 areas listed below are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We make sure the activities are suited to your child’s needs and staff use their observations and follow the children’s interests to help them develop in these areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children develop independence and confidence as they play alone and in small and large groups with appropriate adult support. They also learn to co-operate, take turns and share as part of a larger group.
Communication and Language; Literacy
The children are provided with a range of opportunities to promote the development of language skills. In the company of responsive adults the children learn to listen and communicate by means of language. In our book corner the children can share books with a friend or adult.
At Yellow Brick Road we believe that the best way to develop children’s mathematical knowledge is to make it a part of everyday play. We have an amazing variety of games and resources which are introduced gradually to develop their knowledge of shape, sequence, measurement, counting and number recognition.
Understanding of the World
Through our topic based approach the children have plenty of opportunities to question, investigate and explore the world around them. To develop their ICT skills we have two computers loaded with pre-school software that the children use to reinforce and extend mathematical and Literacy concepts through fun programs.
Carefully chosen equipment gives children the opportunity to develop fine motor skills and spatial awareness. We use the parks in Metheringham, Scopwick and Martin when possible.
Expressive Arts and Design
Each week we have a different craft theme such as painting, printing, collaging, cutting and sticking, to develop the use of small tools such as pens and brushes with increasing control. Stories, movement, songs and musical instruments provide opportunities for the children to explore and express their own feelings.