The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), revised in 2014 & April 2017, 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.
We have produced a summary of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and this will be given to you, on request if required. For more information you can access www.foundationyears.org.uk.
We use the Statutory Framework for the EYFS to help us to trace each child’s progress and to enable us to provide the right activities to help all of the children to achieve and progress.
Play helps young children develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think and learn. Children are assessed regularly through observation and opportunities are given for learning through carefully planned play situations as well as more formal, but fun, key person activities. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity.
The key person and your child
We operate a key person system, which means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at our group, they will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time with us they will help your child to benefit from our activities.
Your child’s key person will:
- make systematic observations and assessments of your child’s achievements, interests and learning styles
- use these observations and assessments to identify learning priorities and plan relevant and motivating learning experiences
- match their observations to the Stepping Stones within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Your child’s Learning Journey
We keep records for each child to track their learning journey and actively encourage parents to share information (e.g. about their child’s interests, skills etc.) with their child’s key person. These records help us to celebrate together your child’s achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs to progress as well as for their well-being. A summary of their Learning Journey is passed to their infant school when they leave us.
Mrs Baker is the named Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator who liaises with other professionals as necessary. She has over 20 years experience in working with SEND in education. All of our staff have training and experience of SEND and we pride ourselves on ensuring that each individual child is supported completely.