Learning through play:
The Early Years Foundation Stage
As a childcare provider, we must meet the criteria of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is defined by the Department of Education. This means following a structure of learning and development and care for children aged up to five years. We are wholeheartedly committed to the EYFS, ensuring that:
- Children Learn through play
- We work closely with all parents
- We keep you up to date on your child’s progress
- We meet the welfare, learning and all-round development needs of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.
To help children reach their full potential, we deliver the EYFS curriculum of learning through play and planned activities.
The three main areas (Prime) are:
- Communication & Language
- Physical development
- Personal, Social & Emotional
The further four areas (Specific):
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive art and design
Your child’s development is of paramount important to us. We would define development into five key areas:
Physical Development – we provide a range of activities for our children to keep them active in our outdoor play area, with lots to explore., keep them entertained and active.
Social Development – we support your child in making, building and maintaining friendships and their interaction with other children and adults.
Cognitive Development - we support your child in developing skills relating to learning and thinking through a range of structured activities.
Communicative Development – we encourage, teach and support your child’s skills to understand the spoken word and to express themselves verbally.
Adaptive Skills – we support your child with skills they need for daily living, such as dressing, eating, toileting and washing. Our children are always reminded of the importance of good hygiene such as washing hands before meals and after using the toilet.
We believe outdoor activities and play to be vital to your child’s development. There is nothing children love more than running around in fresh air. The practitioners use the outdoor play area as an extension to Nursery rooms. We offer a variety of rich opportunities to learn and develop.