Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
From birth to 5 years old any setting your child attends will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to support your child’s natural development and enhance their learning.
The EYFS has four key themes:
A Unique Child– Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Enabling Environments – 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 interconnected.
Early learning is the key to your child’s future and families make the greatest difference at this stage.
Areas of Learning
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning: Children should mostly develop the 3 Prime Areas first. These are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and Language
- Physical 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:
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive Arts and Design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We make sure the activities are suited to your child’s needs and staff use their observations and follow the children’s interests to help them develop in these areas.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, click on the links below to download our information sheets for parents.
- Curriculum planning
- The 7 areas of learning
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical Development fine-motor skills
- Physical development gross-motor skills
- Literacy pre-reading
- Literacy pre-writing
- Understanding the word
- Expressive art and design
Importance of play
Play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people. Through play, children learn about the world and themselves. Research has consistently shown that good early childhood development will have a direct positive impact on a child’s long-term health outcomes and will improve future opportunities, school attainment and even earning potential. Particularly important is the impact of this period on a child’s emotional and social development, which is vital for their future confidence, communication, relationships, community inclusion, and mental health.
If you would like to find out more about how we support your child’s play, learning and development, click on the links below to download our information sheets for parents.
- Activities and experiences
- Characteristics of learning
- Children’s interests
- Early writing
- Group planning
- Guide to the EYFS
- Individual planning Learning & development record keeping
- Learning Journal Tapestry
- Music and movement
- Outside play
- Play and the EYFS
- Promoting independence
- SEND provision
- Supporting home learning
We are an inclusive childcare provider, and we are happy to welcome all children and their families to our provision. Our teaching approach recognises children’s diversity and we use this to ensure all children receive equal treatment, opportunities, and respect. Adopting inclusive practices is vital for ensuring that all children, despite their background or who they are, have an equal opportunity to succeed.
Inclusion and inclusive practice in the early years is about practices which ensure that everyone “belongs”: the children and their parents and/or carers, staff and any other people connected with the early years setting in some way.
Every child is unique and will develop at their own pace, so it is not about treating all children in exactly the same way but treating each child fairly and paying attention to their individual backgrounds, interests and needs.
Alongside our weekly topics, in our setting, we celebrate over 150 festivals, events, and special days from all around the world! We ask the children what they want to learn and we ask the parents what they celebrate at home.
If you would like to find out more about our inclusive practice, click on the links below to download our information sheets for parents
- Inclusive practice
- Festivals, Celebrations and Special Events Calendar for 2023
- Weekly Learning Topic