Learning through play
Early Years Foundation Stage – from birth to five years old
As a childcare provider, we must meet the criteria of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is defined by the Department for Education.
This means following a structure of learning, development and care for children aged up to five years old.
We are wholeheartedly committed to the EYFS, ensuring that:
- Children learn through play
- We work closely with all parents
- We keep you up-to-date on your child’s progress
- We meet the welfare, learning and all-round development needs of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities
To help children reach their full potential, we deliver the EYFS curriculum of learning through play and planned activities.
The three main areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional
The further four specific areas are:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Art and Design
We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children and should be centrally involved in their child’s experiences and development. We realise that it is imperative we gain the trust and confidence of you, the parent. We want you to be happy with what we do and how we do it. We also pride ourselves in understanding the importance of instilling confidence and enthusiasm in your child from an early age.
Each child at our nurseries has a learning journal which will be a record of your child’s interests, significant achievements and development throughout their time with us. We welcome parental contributions, including all significant people involved with your child, and we encourage parents to access their own child’s learning journal at any time.
Effective communication means there is a two way flow of information, knowledge and expertise between parents and staff. Staff are available daily to give feedback about your child’s day and to share significant events with you. Every interaction with you is based on a caring, professional relationship and respectful acknowledgement of the feelings of you as parents and those of your children.
We hold parent’s consultations, outings/trips, parent mornings and suggestion box. We also ask you to provide photographs of your child with their family, friends, pets at celebrations, holiday’s etc. This will then be made into an ‘All about me book’ and will be kept at the nursery for your child to look through and show to their peers.