Support for learning
Early Years Foundation Stage
The nursery works in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This statutory framework sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years and it aims to provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. All childcare providers are required to follow the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident that their child will receive a high quality experience that will have a major impact on their future life chances.
By using the Early Years Foundation Stage in our planning for learning and incorporating it into how we monitor your child’s development we can help your child fulfil their potential.
Within the framework there are four guiding principles:
· A Unique Child
· Positive Relationships
· Enabling Environments
· Learning and Development
Planning is done on a continuous basis in each room according to your child’s needs and interests. Our environment offers your child the opportunity to explore and access resources that interest them. Activities will be planned according to these interests to further support the development of their skills and abilities.
Each room is open plan and it offers a variety of experiences, including creative, messy, small world, construction, ICT, role-play, quiet area, science and exploratory. The different areas contain a selection of equipment and resources to help children fulfil their potential with adult support and interaction.
In addition focus activities take place to build on interests or introduce new experiences.
Further information on the Early Years Foundation Stage is available for parents on the government education websites (search for Early Years Foundation Stage).
Parents’ Consultation Evenings
In addition to the regular feedback you will receive from staff on your child’s progress, there are parents’ evenings held twice a year. These give you a chance to speak with your child’s key person and to jointly assess their progress and discuss how best to support their development.