Our Early Years Unit
EYFS Unit ( Nursery and Reception)
Our Beliefs and Vision for the EYFS:
We believe that the holistic development of every child paramount and that each child is unique and so every day should provide exciting opportunities for children to explore, learn and take on new challenges through play. We believe that by providing a learning environment that is stimulating, engaging and purposeful to all children we will embed the Characteristics of Effective Learning and pupils will develop a ' Can do' attitude and become independent lifelong learners. Children should be given time to explore, experiment and learn in a way that is meaningful to them. Throughout your child's learning journey our experienced staff will play, listen and plan exciting learning opportunities to ensure all pupils achieve their full potential.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is how the Government and early year's professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age 5.This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.
What will my Child be Learning?
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their holistic development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children usually begin to develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and Language- involves giving children the opportunities to experience a rich language environment and time to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves by speaking and listening in a range of situations.
Physical Development- involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children will also be supported to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development- involves enabling children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. To talk about and manage their own feelings and have confidence in their own abilities.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Literacy Development- involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will be involved in a range of child- initiated and adult directed activities that enable pupils to become confident readers and writers.
Mathematics - involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding The World- involves providing children time to explore, observe, ask questions and make sense of their physical world, their community and technology.
Expressive Arts and Design- involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
As a church school Religious Education is taught throughout the year. This includes learning about Christianity and other world faiths and cultures.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
A child's future choices, attainment, well-being, happiness and resilience are profoundly affected by the quality of guidance, love and care they receive in their early years. To provide this we must understand as much as we can about how children learn and develop.' Tickell Review (2011).
Therefore the EYFS now emphaises the importance of embedding the Characteristics of Effective Learning and we plan activities and challenges that encourage pupils to develop these attitudes to learning that they can use and apply throughout their education.
- 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; and
- creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
If you would like to find out more about the EYFS Curriculum or the Characteristics of Effective Learning, please download The Development Matters document for the EYFS.
Our daily routines will change regularly, as we like our routine to be child-led and as a result every day is different. If the weather is exceptionally good or bad, or the children decide to do something unexpected, we will follow their lead. Throughout each day, there will be a balance of child- initiated and adult directed activities and the continuous provision (the areas of the classroom ) will be set up to challenge and provide pupils time to explore their interests. Each day all pupils will have a maths and literacy activity and we will provide personalised learning opportunities for each child. Please be assured your child will always receive a valuable and challenging learning experience that is in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
Outdoor play is vital for children's development and we have a fantastic outdoor area and operate a 'free flow' classroom where children can access the indoor and outdoor area every day.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance it states that each child must be assigned a 'key person'. A key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents. A key person will help the child to become familiar with the setting and to feel confident and safe within it. They will also talk to parents to make sure that the needs of the child are being met appropriately, and that records of development and progress are shared with parents and other professionals as necessary. Even when children are older and can hold key people from home in mind for longer, there is still a need for them to have a key person to depend on in the setting, such as their teacher or a teaching assistant.
Your child's personal learning journey celebrates your child's experiences and achievements in the EYFS.Over time, it will tell a story about their learning, friends and the activities they enjoy with others. We will get to know them as individual people with special skills, interests and ideas. We use Tapestry - please follow the link below to find out more:
What can you do to help?
Throughout the year we will be running lots of workshops for parents to attend focussed on a range of areas. There will also be lots of opportunities to come in and play and share your child's learning. At the back of this prospectus we have also included some activities that can help to prepare your child for all stages of the EYFS.
If you have any questions please come and see one of the EYFS team. We have also included some links that you may like to explore at the bottom of the page.