The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years 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.
The EYFS seeks to provide:
- QUALITY AND CONSISTENCY in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;
- A SECURE FOUNDATION through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
- PARTNERSHIP WORKING between practitioners and with parents and/or carers;
- EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY aand anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.
Four guiding principles should shape practice in early years settings. 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, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage the staff at the Nursery will work closely together with you to promote a positive impact to your childs development and progress.
Monthly Topic Sheets
Monthly topic sheets are sent home explaining the theme over the following 4-6 weeks. This enables the parents/carers to feel included in their childs learning and development. We may often give suggestions of activities that can be carried out on a regular basis. These are available to parents/carers to view at any time.