EYFS – The Early Years Foundation Stage
At Rookies we deliver an EYFS Curriculum like most nurseries however, we carefully plan activities around being healthy and active and provide children with added opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle.
What is EYFS?
The EYFS is a stage of children’s development from birth to the end of their first (Reception) year in school.
The EYFS Framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning.
It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most they can in their earliest years of life.
EYFS is based on four principles:
Theme: A Unique Child
Principle: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Theme: Positive Relationships
Principle: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Theme: Enabling Environments
Principle: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Theme: Learning and Development
Principle: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.
7 areas for learning and development:
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development of which they should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:
•Communication and language;
•Physical development; and
•Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. There are:
•Understating the world; and
•Expressive arts and design
EYFS is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure: and support their development, care and learning needs.
Parents and carers are their children’s first teachers. When they are with you learning can happen at any time and anywhere. It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else. Practitioners should be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child’s progress. The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.
Rookies caters for 88 children at its state of the art nursery.