The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was introduced into nurseries in September 2008. The EYFS is made up of a Statutory Framework for the Early Years which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years.
The Government has issued A Practice Guidance manual that supports all Early Year Educators in assessing a child’s progress. It also sets out guidelines for providing the best learning experience for babies and children.
The aim is to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to learn through good quality play experiences. (For further information, please click on the link below).
Play is vital for children, this is how they learn. It helps them to understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally.
It is through play that our children learn, develop at their own pace and have fun with adults who understand, support and care about them. Therefore, play is a vital part of their learning, it helps them to understand the world around them and develop physically, emotionally and socially.
We want the children we take care of to be empowered and feel secure, not feel pressured or forced, we want them to have the confidence to deal with whatever life brings.
In September 2012, the EYFS was revised to focus more on the things that matter most, and to make it easier and clearer to use the Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage Manual.
There is now a greater emphasis on the role parents and carers have in helping children develop.
The Government states that parents must receive written progress reports for their child when they reach the age of two and again at five.
Learning Through Play
All children are offered the play-based environment where all the equipment meets all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. It supports all aspects of their learning and development and it promotes their curiosity and their desire to make sense of the world around them. This is vitally important if children are going to remain keen learners for the rest of their lives.
Learning Through Play in a safe and secure environment with valuable adult support allows the children to explore, investigate and enjoy their daily learning experience. We help them to practice and develop ideas, concepts and skills in a unique and non-threatening way, without fear of failure.