Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was introduced in September 2008. The EYFS is made up of a statutory framework for the Early Years which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years. A practice guidance document supports staff in assessing a child’s progress and helps them to provide the best learning experience for all babies and children. The aim is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn through high quality play experiences. Play is vital for children. It helps them to understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally. It is through play that our children learn, develop at their own pace and have fun with adults who understand, support and care about them. We want the children we care for to feel secure, not pushed or pressured, and to have the confidence to deal with whatever life brings.
Play Based Curriculum
Children learn individually and with others through play. We offer our children a play-based curriculum which meets all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and supports all aspects of their learning and development.
It encourages their in-built curiosity and desire to make sense of the world around them and helps them to discover that learning is interesting and fun.
This is vitally important if children are going to remain keen learners for the rest of their lives.
Play in a secure environment with effective adult support allows the children to explore, investigate and enjoy the learning experience.
We help them to practise and develop ideas, concepts and skills in a unique and non-threatening way, without fear of failure.
The Nursery Environment
Children must be offered and allowed to engage in exciting and challenging activities, which support and extend their learning and development. They must have a full and stimulating environment to encourage a range of play, exploration and talk. They need to be able to choose, create, investigate, explore, initiate and persist with activities. We believe that children are active learners from birth and that if we provide them with the right environment, support and experiences, it will help to encourage their curiosity, Imagination and creativity. We also need to ensure that we stimulate each child emotionally and intellectually by providing the best circumstances to promote active learning.
We have designed our nursery environments to be cosy and exciting and they are structured in
such a way as to promote a child's independence, decision-making and problem solving.
The environment is organised into clearly defined areas to accommodate different activities appropriate to the development and competence of the children. Areas are divided by the use of low level shelving that reduces distraction and allows them to become engrossed in their activities. Low level shelving also allows items to be displayed within reach so that children can make deliberate choices about what they want to use in their activities. They have access to a range of materials such as sand, water and paint which helps their creativity and develops their independence.
Equal emphasis is placed on calm areas of the nursery where the children can feel cosy and enjoy
stories, rhymes and songs. Every environment is designed to encourage physical skills such as crawling, sitting, standing and walking which are all important for development. The babies in our care are introduced to discovery play through treasure baskets that contain a mixture of natural materials that vary in feel and texture and offer a sensory experience for heuristic play.
Individual Planning For Each Child
We follow the early years foundation stage (EYFS) as required by Ofsted.
Its purpose and aims are that every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances.
The Early Years foundation stage, supports staff in assessing a child’s progress and helps them to provide the best learning experience for your child. The aim is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn through high quality play experiences.
In order to do this, we observe your child and will talk to you as the parents/carers to establish what your child’s interest is, for example role play, creative, construction etc. Once an interest has been identified activities are planned around this interest at the correct level of development, for the child.
The activities planned will cover all areas of learning and development.
Sand and water play helps children learn about weight and volume.
Using chalks, crayons, pencils and paint with many different types of paper and card, children can learn to mark make.
Below are just some of the ways we do this:
• Outdoor opportunities
• Mark making through arrange of mediums such as paint, chalk, water, Sand.
• Role play and imaginative play
• Stories, puppets, and songs
• Dance and sensory experiences
• Water, sand and other malleable experiences some every messy
• Construction and small world play
• Exploring and investigating
• Literacy and numeracy
Your child’s observations are on going and staff will continually observe your child and their individual plan will change as and when the child’s interest changes.
By role playing, children learn about the world a round them. They develop new vocabulary, social acceptance and an awareness of others backgrounds and cultures. They can experiment in an adult world by becoming secretaries, postmen, waiters, police officers or dancers.