Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidance for birth to 5 years (2013)
Within the group all the children are supported in developing at their own pace. The staff ensures a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of the individual child. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of adult input, we offer a curriculum, which prepares the children to progress with confidence onto the next stage of their learning. We aim to plan our work around the following seven headings to support the Early Years Outcomes.
Communication & Language (CL) – Prime
In both small and large groups children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and language skills by listening, hearing and responding to stories and through the use of songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and when they are ready to use drawn and written symbols themselves.
Physical Development (PD)- Prime
A range of equipment and opportunities allows children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use of development of their own body skills. The level of adult input should allow children to safely create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time children are encouraged in the development of fine motor skills enabling them to use tools including pens and pencils and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision
Literacy (L)- Specific
A well stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, able to handle them and be aware of their uses both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures. We have daily times to share books and stories both traditional and new.
Understanding of the World (UW) -Specific
A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities. Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment both within the group and also in the wider community. A range of safe and well-maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding using simple tools and techniques appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems.
Mathematical Development (MD) -Specific
By means of adult supported practical experience children can become familiar with the sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis for early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems children are assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequencing and when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE) – Prime
Within a nurturing environment children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity as appropriate to take responsibility for them and also for the group, it’s members and it’s property.
Expressive Arts & Design (EAD) – Specific
Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings and to construct their individual response to experience in two and three dimensions. Art equipment including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded (junk) resources provides for open ended exploration of colour, shape, texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with and respond to music and stories. There are many opportunities for imaginative role-play both individually and as part of the group.
We operate a ‘free flow’ system where the children can choose which area they want to learn in. This includes outside. A lot of children learn better outside. Please ensure your child has suitable clothing for the weather, for example a warm coat in the winter and a sun hat in the summer months. The children are encouraged to play outside in all weathers and will on occasion get wet and dirty. On days of extreme weather we will restrict the amount of time that children can be outside for the health, safety and well-being of the child.