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EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage

Planning throughout the Nursery is based on Government Guidelines detailed in the Early Years Foundation Stage document and covers children aged from birth to five years.

It states that, "Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child's experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in it's own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services they want to know that provision will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance."

The EYFS is divided into four themes:

  • A Unique Child recognizes that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. The commitments are focused around development, inclusion, safety, and health and well-being.
  • Positive Relationships describes how children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. The commitments are focused around respect, partnership with parents, supporting learning, and the role of the key person.
  • Enabling Environments explains that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning. The commitments are focused around observation, assessment and planning, support for every child, the learning environment, and the wider context - transitions, continuity, and multi-agency working.
  • Learning and Development recognizes that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

    The areas of learning are:

    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Communication and Language
    • Physical Development
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design