At the nursery, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The revised framework for the EYFS came into force on 1st September 2012.
The EYFS states that:
(1) “Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Children develop very quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”
(2) “The Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.”
The Areas of Learning and Development
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- communication and language;
- physical development; and
- personal, social and emotional development
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- understanding the world; and
- expressive arts and design.
In order to provide learning opportunities for all the children in our care, we deploy a wide range of resources and activities to cover all areas of learning:
- Water and sand play are permanent features in the setting – indoor and out and in a range of scenarios.
- Paint is always available as are the tools and materials for gluing, sticking, constructing and model making.
- Small world resources – dolls house; toy garage; wild animals and zoo; fire station; construction workers and crane; farm animals; ponies; ambulance and patients; pirates; fairy world; dinosaurs and more…all to stimulate children’s imaginations.
- A vast array of dressing up clothes for role play.
- Laptop with simple interactive games for the children to enjoy and develop their ICT skills and hand/eye co-ordination.
- Construction resources such as Halo, Mobilo, Lego, Duplo, Stickle Bricks; Blox and more.
- Play dough continues to be a firm favourite and helps with fine motor skills, dexterity and role play.
- Celebrations and festivals from around the world (such as Diwali; Chinese New Year; Easter; Shrove Tuesday and Christmas to name a few) feature in our planning and are incorporated across all areas of the curriculum.
These are all presented to the children in as many different ways as possible in order to appeal and cater to all the different learning styles that we may encounter.