Early Years Foundation Stage
A happy child is a child that learns, so our initial focus is the child’s emotional security and development. We recognise children as unique individuals within a creative and caring environment. Effective communication between keyworkers and children is a priority so all children feel included. We try our best to help the children form positive attitudes towards learning.
Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage, the EYFS. The EYFS is a framework created under the Childcare Act of 2006 concerned with the learning, development and welfare of all children from birth to the age of five. It is a statutory requirement to help ensure quality care.
The four main principles underlying the framework are:
- Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
The four principles are fundamentally linked to the Characteristic of effective Learning (CoEL).
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Cearning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
The focus of the CoEL is on how children learn rather than what they learn i.e. process over outcome. We use CoEL to reflect on our practice to determine the best way in which we can deliver the curriculum to each individual child.
There are seven areas of learning within the EYFS framework
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Art and Design
We work hard to provide an enabling child–centred environment in order to deliver the curriculum.
During your child's time with us, we observe and record evidence of your childs attainments within each of these areas of learning.
We use Tapestry to create an electronic journal. This is a commercial online system, commonly used by schools and many early years settings.