THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM (0 – 5) EYFS
We follow this curriculum to ensure that we as practitioners give your child the best possible start in the education system and give equal importance to all areas of learning. Staff carry out regular observations on children to record their skills and interests and then plan activities inside and out to enhance this learning.
We often have children attending with various additional needs and abilities. We work closely with parents and outside agencies such as speech therapists, advisory teachers, occupational therapists etc to ensure that those children are supported fully and are included in every aspect of our pre-school.
The EYFS is a comprehensive framework which sets the standards for learning, development, and care of children from birth to five. Effective learning opportunities require planning and organisation. All early years settings in England that receive nursery education grant funding are required to plan learning opportunities in line with the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The EYFS offers great flexibility. However, as early years practitioners we may need to adapt activities in order to meet the particular needs of new arrivals. The EYFS is based on four themes:
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
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 inter-connected.
The EYFS is now organised into seven areas of learning and development:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language
- understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Expressive Arts and Design