The provision for children’s development and learning is guided by The Early Years Foundation Stage (DCSF 2007). From September 2008 the Early Years Foundation Stage became law. This is regularly revised and the latest revised version of the Early Years Foundation Stage comes into force in September 2017. A summary of the EYFS for parents is called “What to expect when” and is available by clicking on the link here. The revised Early Years Foundation Stage is underpinned by four themes. These are:
|A Unique ChildEvery child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
|Positive RelationshipsChildren learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Positive relationships are
|Enabling EnvironmentsChildren learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
|Learning and DevelopmentChildren develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development.
They foster the characteristics of effective early learning
How we provide for development and learning
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
|The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:Three prime areas:
Four specific areas:
Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas. Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.
The Unique Child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning.
Playing and exploring – engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to “have a go”
Active learning – motivation
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing ways to do things
In the accompanying guidance to the Early Years Foundation Stage, ‘Development Matters’, the likely stages of progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the early learning goals are charted. These goals state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education.
Our setting has regard to these matters when we assess children and plan for their learning.