Tell us about your own observation and provide Comment which will be added to your child’s record
WHY EARLY YEARS MATTERS?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a play-based framework that acknowledges that every child is unique and that they learn at different rates and in different ways. The aim of the EYFS is to support, nurseries to make sure that children from all backgrounds have the same opportunities and life chances as the most advantaged. With the EYFS, parents will be sure that their children, irrespective of the type of setting they attend, will get the same excellent standards of learning and care. The EYFS brings out the importance of each child being able to develop at their own pace. It focuses on ensuring that each child has a member of staff allocated to them to ensure that they develop and take part in activities, mix with other children and have fun.
The four key priorities of EYFS are:
- Play is at the heart of the EYFS, children need to play in order to have fun and in order to begin to understand the world around them
- Welfare and safeguarding of the children is paramount
- Parents should be kept up to date with what their children are doing and encouraged to get involved as much as possible
- Each child should be allocated a key member of staff and should be encouraged but allowed to develop at their own pace and in their own way.
The EYFS is based on four principal themes:
- A unique child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable and self-assured
- Positive relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents/carer
- Enabling environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting a child’s development
- Learning and Development –children learn and develop at different rates and in
different ways. All areas of learning are equally important and interconnected.
Because of our high staff ratio, we are able to implement an excellent record keeping system in which observation of the children in the group and at home are used as a basis for drawing up a curriculum for each child.