Early Years Foundation Stage Provision
Early Years Phase Leader: Miss Maskell
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) includes all children in Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2. Foundation 1 is also known as 'Nursery' and Foundation 2 is also known as 'Reception'.
We follow the Statutory Framework for the EYFS as set out by the government. Within the EYFS much of the learning that takes place is play based and we provide a free flow indoor and outdoor environment for the children.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage unit is made up of four main themes; The Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development. You will find below an overview of each of these areas.
THE UNIQUE CHILD
- We treat each child and family as individuals and respect equality.
- We observe and understand each child’s development and learning needs, assess progress and plan for next steps. This then allows us to plan a child led curriculum.
- We identify any needs for additional support.
- We encourage children to be strong and independent in a safe and secure environment, where they can foster a sense of belonging.
- We support children in building up relationships with their peers and key staff members.
- We are responsive and sensitive to each child’s needs, feelings and interests.
- We are consistent in setting clear boundaries using our whole school behaviour system.
- We encourage a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
- We provide stimulating resources relevant to all the children’s cultures and communities.
- We encourage rich learning through play and playful teaching both indoors and outdoors.
- We support children to take safe risks and explore.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
The Early years Foundation Curriculum is based on ongoing observation and assessment in three prime and four specific areas of learning and the three learning characteristics, which set out below:
THE PRIME AREAS OF LEARNING
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
THE SPECIFIC AREAS OF LEARNING
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
THE LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
Please find a link below where you can download a copy of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.