EYFS

What is the EYFS Framework – Why Do We Have One?

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years’ experts and parents.

The framework has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop.  It sets out: 

The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.  

The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.  

Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.

Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”.

There is also guidance for the professionals supporting your child on planning the learning activities, and observing and assessing what and how your child is learning and developing.

How My Child Will Be Learning?

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. 

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. 

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are: 

Communication and language; 
Physical development; and  
Personal, social and emotional 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: 

Literacy;
Mathematics; 
Understanding the world; and
Expressive arts and design. 

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

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 recognise that every child is unique and reaches out to relate to people and things through the ‘Characteristics of effective Learning’. These underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring – engagement
Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to 'have a go'

Active learning – motivation
Being involved and concentrating, keeping trying and enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things.

For further information, please visit
http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf

A document for guidance to your child’s learning and development in the Early Year’s Foundation Stage: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf

British Values

The promotion of British Values is reflected in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance and exemplified in an age-appropriate way through activities such as:

Democracy 
Children are encouraged to listen to each other in small group games, waiting for another person to finish before speaking. They experience group decision making and expressing their own opinions when choosing snack items for the following week, and when using the mosaic approach to review activities which they liked/disliked. The child's voice is included in their termly summative observations and informs their key person of what to include for future planning activities.

Individual Liberty
The free-flow periods during the session enable children to choose which area of pre-school they would like to play in, and the wide range of activities promotes their ability to self-select according to their individual preferences and interests. 

Mutual Respect
We are a Rights Respecting setting (please see the RRSA page for more details) and therefore mutual support and respect underpin the ethos of our pre-school. The staff team role model appropriate behaviour according to our behaviour policy which helps children to understand the feelings of others, be polite to each other and learn right from wrong. Stories, role-play games and small group activities are used to help explain this. Respectful behaviour is rewarded with a trophy board,kindness apples and for exceptional instances an RRSA mascot can be taken home overnight. 

The Rule of Law 
We have visits from the local fire station and police officers who tell us how they keep us all safe in the community. The pre-school rules are explained to children along with the reasons why, such as no running inside in case they slip over and hurt themselves on the hard floor. It is explained to the children that whilst they can enjoy playing with toys at pre-school it is also their responsibility to help to pack them away during tidy up time, so they do not become broken or lost.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs 
Activities that celebrate British traditions such as Mothering Sunday, Father's Day, Bonfire night and Easter, along with the learning of mutual respect and kind behaviour, help children develop a sense of national identity and British values. We also observe traditions such as Diwali and Chinese New Year, which help children respect other cultures and faiths.

Session Times

We are open from 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday. We cater for children aged from 3 months to 5 years, offering all day, morning and afternoon sessions.

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Our Staff

The Nursery has experienced, caring and enthusiastic members of staff that are trained  suitably with childcare qualifications or are working towards them.

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For further information or to book a show round of the nursery please contact the us on 01844 344299.

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