What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is very important as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experiences should be happy, active, exiting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and have the opportunities to develop to their full potential. Children develop quickly in their early years and a child’s experiences between the birth and age 5 have a major impact on their future life. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important. Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (2021) sets the standards that all early year’s providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s “school readiness” and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life “(DfE) (2021) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
The Tudor House Nursery Group is registered with Ofsted to deliver the EYFS and will provide in our settings: –
- quality and consistency, children are encouraged to develop to their full potential considering their starting point, learning style and capabilities so that every child makes good progress, and no child is left behind.
- a secure foundation¸ keyworkers’ use their knowledge of the EYFS and observational skills to give a full picture of each child’s progress, planning “next steps” for future learning which builds upon what they already know, can do, and understand.
- partnership working between our practitioners, parents and/or carers which includes listening to them and giving them clear information about their child’s learning.
- equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice will ensure that every child is included and supported. Thoughtful planning considers children’s abilities, and we will look at different ways of doing things to include all children, to encourage their independence, participation, and self-esteem.
The safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS cover the steps that the Tudor House Group must take to keep children safe and promote their welfare whilst in our care.
There are four principles that guide our practice within the Tudor House Group, these 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 with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests, needs, and help them build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
- Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates.
How my child will be learning
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge, and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Our nurseries will promote the prime areas of learning with the youngest of our children, these are particularly important in laying the foundations for which future learning can be built upon.
These are the prime areas:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
As children grow, our nurseries will support their learning in 4 specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are:
- understanding the world and
- expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan what your child will be learning in their nursery setting. Our high-quality learning environments will also support the different ways how children learn at different times in their development. These are called the Characteristics of Effective Learning (CEL) and are equality important. Our activities and experiences will encourage children to learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.
During their time with us, children will be supported in working towards the knowledge, skills and understanding they should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn 5. These are called the Early Learning Goals and we have assessment arrangements in place for measuring children’s progress towards these and how this is communicated to parents and/or carers.