About Early Years
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
There are assessments when a child is aged between 2 and 3 years and at the end of the academic year when they turn 5. These are not tests for the child – the assessments are based on EYFS practitioners’ observations.
Information from these assessments is used for parents, practitioners and teachers to support children’s learning and development.
Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are:
The specific areas of learning are:
Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games.
Early years foundation stage profile
At the end of the academic year when a child turns 5, the practitioner records each child’s development by watching the child playing and in the classroom. The completed assessment is known as the ‘early years foundation stage profile’. This is used to help the year 1 teacher plan lessons for the children.
EYFS Statutory Framework (2014 Update)
Following the Government’s response to the consultation on ‘The Regulation of Childcare’ published 13 February 2014, the EYFS statutory framework has been updated and will be in effect from 1 September 2014.
The revisions reflect changes which apply to Section 3 on Safeguarding and Welfare.
There have been no changes to the areas of learning and development, including the early learning goals.
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Our learning environment consists of a Early Years unit split into 2 reception rooms and a nursery. The children share an outdoor area. Each area is equally important and provides children with a range of resources and equipment to enable children to learn, working towards both the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ and the ‘EYFS’ outcomes. For more detail please see our continuous provision plans which show the possible learning outcomes for each area.
Within the classroom itself, children have access to:
• Home corner
Outdoors children can expect to find:
• Large construction
• Sand experiences
• Water experiences
• Mud Kitchen
• Investigation area
• Climbing frame
Although we have designated ‘areas’ for reading, writing and maths, there are opportunities for these in all areas of our environment. Most areas have baskets with books in that are relevant to that area, for example, in our creative area you will find books about colour mixing or books with ideas of things to make. We also have mark making resources, that can be transported wherever the children desire.
We are not saying that at the end of the reception year that children will have achieved differently to what they would have done had we still been continuing our former teaching style. However, what we believe is that children will benefit greatly from this experience going forward in their school journey because we have supported children to be lifelong learners by providing firm foundations. We believe our children are:
• Risk takers
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.