Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a framework which includes all children from birth to five. The nursery follows this framework and considers the children’s needs and interests to provide activities.
Each age group provides an area for parents to inform us of their children’s interests. We use this information to plan activities that will allow all children to develop individually in different areas.
The framework is divided into seven areas. Younger children will focus on the prime areas and when they are confident in these areas the specific areas, will be introduced.
The seven areas of learning are divided into the prime areas and the specifics.
The prime areas include –
- Personal and Social Development
- Communication and Language Development
- Physical Development
The specific areas include-
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
All environments provide a variety of opportunities for children. The provided resources are age appropriate and challenge the children. Our planning is based upon play and children learning through a variety of experiences. Younger children learn through there senses and the layout of the rooms allows the children to explore safely. Sensory experiences are provided through treasury and heuristic baskets. Children are also encouraged to participate in ‘messy’ activities which develop mark making and communication.
The environments catering for the older children’s needs encourage independence and choice. This allows them to take control of their own learning. Areas are provided within the rooms allowing the child to explore and participate in a variety of child initiated activities.
The outdoor environment also incorporates the EYFS and we pride ourselves on our excellent outdoor area. Opportunities are provided for learning and the children are observed participating in both child and adult led activities.
Further information regarding the EYFS can be found on www.education.gov.uk