Early Years Foundation Stage
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
Prime and Specific Areas of Learning
There are three prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
There are also four specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
- playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’;
- active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
- creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Working in Partnership
We believe that parents and carers are children’s first and most enduring educators. Working with parents and carers within the Early Years has a positive impact on children’s development and learning.
In relation to the importance of communication with parents in the EYFS, The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) seeks to provide ‘partnership’ working between practitioners and parents and carers. We endeavour to build ‘relationships’ with parents and carers, keep them up-to-date with their child’s progress, respond to observations that they share through Early Excellence, involve them in assessments and support them to guide their child’s development at home.
Over 70% of children’s lives are spent, not in a setting, but with their family and the wider community. Therefore, home and community must be recognised as significant learning environments in the lives of children which is why we are keen to share these on Early Excellence.
Through reception, we work to support the children’s growing independence and self-help skills. They are positively encouraged to do things for themselves such as getting changed for P.E. and selecting appropriate resources.