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The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a comprehensive statutory framework that sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five.

All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident their child will receive a quality experience that supports their care, learning and development.

This document guides all practitioners working with children from birth to the end of this first year at school and will be the basis for Ofsted Inspection Requirements. It contains four distinct but complimentary themes.

A Unique Child recognises that every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships describe how children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships

Enabling Environments explains that children learn and develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

Learning and Development recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.  The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Early Years foundation stage has seven learning areas, these are divided between prime and specific areas of learning and development.  This framework ensures "the child" as an individual in the central focus and starting point for all planning activities and continuous provision within all areas of the nursery.
Throughout the child’s time in the nursery, the staff will undertake regular observations of the children, using a variety of approaches an example of which would be taking photographs, as part of an ongoing assessment. This enables staff to analyse what the child is doing, what evidence of their learning this shows, and to decide on the ‘next steps’ for the child. On a regular basis, staff record children’s progress using the EYFS profile which is regularly shared with parents.

We ensure parents have the opportunity to review their child's progress with the nursery on a regular basis. For children under two we produce daily records containing information about your child's day, meals eaten, nappy changing and toileting, sleeping and rest times and a general picture of their wellbeing throughout their time at nursery. Daily handover of children both morning and evening is also used as an opportunity to share information. We also inform parents of our topics and planned activities through a regular newsletter. Regular Development meetings are also held where you can view your child's progress profile.