Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
The New Nursery Curriculum
The department of Education has issued a statutory Framework for Nursery settings, known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The framework sets out the legal requirements for the care of young children relating to Learning, Development and Welfare. These are important areas all parents need to be comfortable with before choosing any type of childcare for their young children.
Parents at the Red House have told us they like to be kept informed on the EYFS as the framework not only provides legal requirements, but also structure around the four key areas of learning and development as well as focus in helping young children achieve their full potential.
The EYFS framework sets the UK standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. The curriculum is built around four principles:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
The Red House Nursery has the benefit of Sam working on site, who is a qualified Primary School Teacher and has experience of working in a classroom as well as in a school nursery. Sam has recently achieved the Early Years Professional Status which has helped in ensuring the Red House maintains high standards in implementing and developing the new curriculum.
Parents are kept informed of the development of their child’s progress within the four principles the EYFS framework through regular dialogue with their child’s carer and through the individual development folder of each child.
We hope you will see a connection with the EYFS framework with some of the other information we have tried to articulate on other pages on our web site, through our activities, our approach and our focus on the safety and wellbeing of each child.
To give you a basic understand of the four principles, we have attempted to explain them below:
1. A Unique Child
At the Red House we focus on how children develop; we recognise they are all different, but should be treated equally. Positive relationships and good communication are vital. Children need to learn about risks and safety, how to make good choices and how to stick to boundaries. We make every attempt to provide full opportunity for each child to do their best and we achieve this by ensuring their physical and emotional needs are met during their time at our nursery setting.
2. Positive Relationships
The theme is about children learning to manage their feelings and build relationships. We respect all kinds of families and aim to develop a positive two-way relationship with parents. We will support, listen and work with the children at The Red House to help them learn. We have a nominated key carer for each child at the Red House to ensure each child has the opportunity of building a close relationship and is well monitored during their time with us.
3. Enabling Environments
We plan and check on each child’s progress and make every attempt to involve parents and the local community. We ensure that inside and outside spaces of the nursery are safe, interesting and engaging. Our carers support children when they move on, working as a team to help children succeed.
4. Learning and Development
The Red House focuses on ensuring young children learn through play and exploration, with support for each individual. We encourage children to develop imagination, to get actively involved in learning and to make decisions. We make every attempt to develop children’s creative and critical thinking, balancing the need for both the children and adults to lead the learning.
We work towards the following specific goals to help us all work within the framework:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development, helping to build confidence, concentration, independence and respect.
- Communication, Language and Literacy, developing speaking and listening skills and beginning to read and write.
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, focusing on number work, mathematical ideas and thinking.
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World, helping children investigate and think about their place in the world.
- Physical Development, relating to developing physical skills and understanding.
- Creative Development, centred around building children’s imagination.
- Welfare, ensuring we are all aware of our responsibility for children’s welfare. We will look after your child properly and help them to stay healthy. We also ensure the Red House is a safe and positive place for children.
In this section of our web site, we have tried to summarise the main points in the EYFS framework, however please take a look at www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs/ should you be interested in more detailed information.