The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the curriculum that the Government sets all early years providers for children (0-5 years) to make sure that “all children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe” (Department for Education).

Young children learn from everything around them - the people, the environment, the atmosphere, the routine, and the experiences. Play underpins all development and learning for young children and, therefore your child will take part in many indoor and outdoor play experiences that will help them to learn and develop their enquiring mind, while they are having fun!


The Framework is divided into 3 sections
 The Characteristics of Effective Learning
 3 Prime areas of learning
 4 Specific areas of learning


The Characteristics of Effective Learning
Playing and exploring, which is about finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to “have a go”.
Active Learning, which is about being involved and concentrating, persevering and enjoying achieving, what they set out to do.
Creating and Thinking Critically, which is about having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things.


Prime Areas


Personal Social and Emotional Development
This is about supporting children to
o make relationships, get along with other children and adults
o to develop confidence and self-awareness
o to manage their feelings and behaviour



Communication and Language
This is about supporting children to
o developing good listening and attention skills
o developing understanding
o being able to speak and express yourself clearly

 

Physical Development 

This is about supporting children to
o develop large and small movements in a variety of ways
o having good control and co-ordination
o handling different tools and equipment well
o health and self-care, looking at ways to keep healthy and safe.

Specific Areas

 

Literacy
This is about supporting children to
o to understand that marks have a meaning and that print has a meaning.
o To discriminate between sounds and link sounds and letters
o to develop understanding of rhyme and alliteration
o to enjoy a range of books
o to use letters in their emergent writing


Maths
This is about supporting children to
To develop and improve their skills in counting
To develop skills in understanding and using numbers
To begin to develop an understanding of the concepts of addition and subtraction.
To to describe shapes, space and measures.


Understanding the World
This is about supporting children to 

 to  make sense of their physical world and community

 to observe ,explore and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

 Expressive Arts and Design

This is about supporting children to
o explore and play with a wide range of media and materials
o to share their ideas through different forms of expression ,music, role play, dance and song.

Adult Role
Staff observe children at play and discuss children’s interests in order to develop a well-balanced and broad curriculum throughout the year. Staff plan a diverse range of learning experiences for children aimed at igniting their curiosity and allowing them time to actively explore themes and processes.

We believe that.....
A high quality nursery education is about learning to be independent, confident, strong and curious. It’s about developing children's natural joy and wonder at the world they live in. It's about having a positive attitude, forming life long learning habits. 

 Please click  on the following links to get more information about our curriculum 

EYFS Development Matters 

What to expect ,when ?

Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage