The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a comprehensive statutory framework published in 2007 and revised in 2012 by the Department of Education.
The framework sets standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to five. There are four themes.
- A Unique Child: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships:Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/ or a key person.
- Enabling Environments: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
- Learning and Development: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
There are seven areas of Learning and Development
3 Prime areas
- Personal and social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning .As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in
4 specific areas
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Knowledge of the world
- Expressive arts and design
Cholsey Pre-school offers a curriculum which leads to nationally approved learning outcomes and prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of five (year 1). Our location within the Foundation Unit is a great asset in helping children happily make the transition to “big school”.
The EYFS is based around a child initiated and play based approach. Research shows that: ‘Freely chosen play activities provide the best opportunities to extend children’s thinking.’* We encourage children to develop their imaginations, to get actively involved in learning and to make decisions. We aim to develop their creative and critical thinking, balancing the need for both children and adults to decide what learning should take place.
*Effective Provision of Pre-school Education (2004) (EPPE)
During each session we also include some adult directed activities including;
‘Letters and Sounds’; (early phonological development),
Family Links nurturing programme,
‘Thinking Mathematically’ ,
‘Show and tell’,
Story time, singing and ‘music and movement’.
Areas of learning to be covered each week/term are displayed on the notice boards and more detailed plans are available for parents to see.