The Early Years Foundation Stage at Badingham Playschool
Here at Badingham Playschool, we follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation stage) Every child has their own special folder, the "Learning journey" which will go with them when they go on to school, and they can then keep to treasure. This file contains our observations and photographs of the child. We use our observations to plan for each individual child and cater to their interests. This enables every unique child to grow and develop, learn and enjoy. The child's key person discusses their learning journey with parents and carers every term and parents contributions are highly valued. With the core skills developed as part of the EYFS, children can go on to school as confident, resilient, capable, self-assured individuals, ready to continue to learn.
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
Assessments There are assessments when a child is aged between 2 and 3 years and at the end of the academic year when they turn 5. These are not tests for the child - the assessments are based on EYFS practitioners’ observations.
Information from these assessments is used for parents, practitioners and teachers to support children’s learning and development.
Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are:
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games.
The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help children achieve the Every Child Matters five outcomes:
1. Staying safe 2. Being healthy 3. Enjoying and achieving 4. Making a positive contribution 5. Achieving economic well-being Early years foundation stage profile. At the end of the academic year when a child turns 5, the practitioner records each child’s development by watching the child playing and in the classroom. The completed assessment is known as the ‘early years foundation stage profile’. This is used to help the year 1 teacher plan lessons for the children.
Click here to download a free copy of "What to expect, when" - a free guide for parents.