Early Years Foundation Stage

We aim for your child’s time at nursery to be an enjoyable learning experience, laying down strong foundations and becoming a happy confident and well balanced individual who is able to move onto the next exciting adventure in life. Every day in nursery is carefully planned to ensure your child receives the best learning opportunities in a safe, fun and caring environment whilst ensuring we meet individual social, physical and emotional needs of each child.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

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Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

• Communication and language;

• Physical development; and

• Personal, social and emotional 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:

• Literacy;

• Mathematics;

• Understanding the world; and

• Expressive arts and design.

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.

This is a very ’hands on’ framework, the children’s learning is carefully planned and assessed through enjoyable and interesting activities. In the early stages importance is placed on settling in and becoming familiar and confident with nursery routines. In our experience happy children make successful learners.

Our well-planned and organised play environment offers children rich and stimulating experiences, alongside opportunities to explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves. The programme of activities will be differentiated to and take into account the differing ages, interests, backgrounds and abilities of the children.

Wherever appropriate your child will be involved in the process of planning activities so that the programme reflects their opinions. We carefully plan activities to allow the children to build on their natural curiosity, advance their thinking, use their imagination and develop positive social relationships. At all times our three nurseries will recognise a child’s individuality, effort and achievement.

Your child will have an individual Tapestry file that contains their assessment profile with recordings of observations made by their key person. Examples of their work, photographs and any other relevant information will also be included. Your child’s Tapestry file is always readily available for you to read.

How can I help with my child’s learning?

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school. Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.

You can visit What to expect at the Early Years Foundation Stage for further information on the EYFS