The Early Years Foundation Stage
From September 2008 a new statutory framework for learning, development and care for children from birth to five was introduced – "The Early Years Foundation Stage" (E.Y.F.S.).
The aim is to help young children achieve the Every Child Matters outcomes of Staying Safe, Enjoying and Achieving, Making a Positive Contribution and with Economic Well-Being.
The EYFS 2008 has been reviewed through a wide consultative process. Consequently a revised EYFS is being introduced from 1 September 2012.
The E.Y.F.S. is not about introducing a curriculum for young children, or making them read or write before they are ready; quite the reverse. It means being sure each individual child is learning through high quality play that is tailored to them. So they develop at their own pace, having fun, making friends and learning as they play.
All children should be able to play and learn in a fun environment with adults who understand and care about them.
Kinder Park Nursery recognises that children's experiences in the earliest years of their lives are critical to their subsequent development and that even from birth children are already competent learners with rich experiences from which to build on.
The E.Y.F.S. is now made up of 7 areas of Learning and Development. There are 3 prime areas: Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development and Physical Development and 4 specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts & Design. These areas are connected to one another and are equally important. All areas of Learning and Development are underpinned by the four guiding Principles of the E.Y.F.S. which should shape practice in Early Years settings.
A Unique Child
Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
We believe that children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
The environment we provide supports children to 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 Developing
We are aware of the 'holistic' nature of development and learning that each child may develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Each of these four themes are then broken down into sixteen Commitments which we are required to fulfil.
Staff at Kinder Park Nursery have embraced the E.Y.F.S. and use the framework to plan around, so that every child will benefit and be given the opportunities to progress at their own pace. Activities and experiences are made enjoyable, fun and age and stage appropriate.
Your child will be allocated a Key Person who has the responsibility of working with a small number of children meeting their individual needs and responding sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour. Every effort is made to promote positive relationships with the parent and child to enable a working partnership and support the child's learning, development and emotional well-being.
All staff are committed to observing and assessing your child in order to meet their needs and plan the 'next step' in their learning and development. Written observations will often be supported by photographs and key person progress checks, identifying where your child is in their learning and development. This evidence along with information from yourselves helps us provide opportunities and plan activities around your child's interests and experiences. Files are updated every 12 weeks.
The revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires that parents and carers receive a summary of their child's development in the three prime areas when the child is aged between 24 months and 36 months. This is so that you as parents have a clear picture of your child's development early on and because we work alongside you, it can help you provide activities at home that can enhance their development. This progress check will be completed by your child's key person and will consist of on-going observations, knowledge and understanding of child development, contributions from yourselves and other professionals that might be involved in your child's learning and development.
At Kinder Park Nursery we operate Continuous Provision to organise the high quality learning environment which will provide challenges and be inviting, stimulating, engaging and above all one which meets the needs of your child's age and stage of development. Learning outdoors is essential for all children and we endeavour to take indoor learning outside and vice versa.
Continuous Provision enables us to plan all areas of the learning environment, supporting child initiated and adult led activities. It includes resources and experiences which are constantly available, allowing children to revisit an experience in order to consolidate their learning. We aim to enhance the areas with resources which will engage the children and meet their individualised learning needs and interests allowing the nursery practitioners to plan for the all important 'next steps' in the child's development.