Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The curriculum for the early years is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This statutory framework covers education and welfare of children from birth to the end of their Reception year. The delivery of the EYFS curriculum is co-ordinated by the centre’s deputy head, who, like the head of centre, is a qualified teacher. All areas are equally important for children’s development. They include:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- We support the children to feel good about themselves, their ability and their culture.
- We help the children learn to respect themselves and others, to develop social skills and to think positively about learning.
- We help children to identify and express their feeling appropriately.
Communication and Language
- We support children’s communication skills including mark making, listening, talking and other forms of expression.
- We help children to use these skills in different situations and for different reasons
- We value books and stories and use these with every age group to develop early reading and writing skills.
- We support children to reason, solve problems and become aware of numbers. We give them opportunities to explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their new skills.
- We support children in developing independence and persistence.
Understanding of the World
- We support the children to understand the world in which they live.
- We give children opportunities to learn to use tools safely and learn about animals, people, plants and objects in their natural and man-made environment.
- We encourage children to experiment with different materials.
- We give children opportunities to learn by being active and interactive, developing their coordination, control, and movement.
- We teach children to use their senses to learn about the world around them, making connections between new information and what they already know
- We teach children that it is important to choose healthy food options
Expressive Arts and Design
- We encourage children to be creative, responding to experiences, expressing and communicating ideas.
- Creativity is often messy, but the mess is crucial part of learning.
- Creativity is about taking risks and making connections and is strongly linked to play.
A parent friendly version of the Early Years Foundation Stage documents are available on www.foundationyears.org.uk.