Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory Government framework that;

  • Sets out standards for the learning, development and welfare of all children aged 0-5
  • Gives a fun and flexible framework that is focused around 7 areas of learning
  • Explains the skills children must learn to support their healthy development
  • Helps young children acquire the skills they will need to learn for school and beyond
  • Encourages learning through indoor and outdoor play, discovery and other activities that stimulate

At nursery we will use the framework to help plan for the learning and healthy development of each child.

The EYFS has seven defined areas of leaning, divided into prime and specific developmental areas.

Prime Area Aspects
Communication and Language Listening and attention
Physical Development Moving and Handling
Health and Self Care
Personal, Social and Emotional Making relationships
Self consciousness and self awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Specific Area Aspects
Literacy Reading
Mathematics Number
Shape, space and measure
Understanding the world People and communities
The world
Expressive arts and design Exploring using media and materials
Being imaginative

Find out more on the EYFS Website.

How will we help your child to develop these areas?

  • We will provide a range of activities and opportunities designed to help them work towards the seven areas of learning

Your child’s key person is responsible for;

  • Planning these activities
  • Conducting on-going observations in order to track each child’s achievements and progress

How will you know about your child’s progress?

  • Parents and Carers can have access to their child’s learning journey when ever they wish
  • Informal chats and parents evenings with staff
  • Formal assessment at the age of 2, called the Progress Check Aged 2, this check is carried out against the 3 prime areas. It can help with the early identification of any potential developmental issues
  • The second formal assessment will be at the end of the reception year when your child will be assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals. This will be carried out by the child’s reception teacher.

How to support your child’s learning and development under the EYFS

  • Parent partnership with your child’s nursery is crucial – it is important that they can see a working relationship
  • Remember that everyday situations offer opportunities for children to explore and discover
  • It is important to share achievements with the nursery as children will do different things at home and nursery
  • Sharing everyday information can assist staff in helping the children to settle into nursery

What We Do

Each session starts with welcoming the children, there are a range of activities for the children to enjoy.

We then have a register and talk about what the children would like to do that day, these activities as well as pre-planned ones are set up by the staff.

Example activities:-

  • Painting
  • Water and Sand play
  • Playdough
  • Planting and digging
  • Role play
  • Computers

And many more! All of these areas will be set up for the children’s learning and development of new skills.

Children are then able to move around the nursery choosing their activities.