Learning and Development
The Early Years Foundation Stage & Framework. (EYFS)
The framework is produced by the DFES and is a legal document which we must abide by. It is designed to support children in their earliest years.
The EYFS supports children’s personal, social and emotional development which underpins the other areas of learning and key skills, including listening, speaking, concentrating, problem solving and co-operating. The EYFS ethos is to ensure all children get the best start in life. It emphasizes the importance of Childs early experiences in early years and the impact it can have on a child’s future.
Part of the framework requires us to record and support children’s individual learning; we do this by ensuring each child has a file that is a record of their progress and development. It is also used to celebrate children’s achievements. We call this a learning journey. Your child’s Key person is responsible for managing your child’s file. Your child’s learning journey is available for you to look through at any time, just speak to your child’s key worker.
We will be happy to show you the framework and explain how we use it.
Routines: each room has their own routine which offers children the opportunity’s to choose open-ended resources. Children will have daily access to all of the following
- sand and water play
- stories/songs and music
- creative activities
- construction play
- investigation play
- play dough
- maths and writing activities
- role play
Children have set times for breakfast, lunch and tea; however breakfast and snack are provided on continuous provision basis. If you would like to see a full copy of a routine for a specific room, let us know and we can email one to you.
Observations are key to assess how young children are developing. We use the information from observations to plan the children’s next steps in the learning process.
As your child’s first and best educator, we believe that you know your children best and we will give you the opportunity to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home. The assessments and observations form the basis of your child’s learning journey, a continual and periodic summary of your child’s ongoing development and achievements.