The Pre-school will use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to ensure each child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.  This framework is mandatory for all early years providers and was last revised in September 2021.  The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 

The EYFS gives us four guiding principles which shape practice in our Pre-school. These are:

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

Positive Relationships- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments– 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- Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our planning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.  The prime areas are: communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development. 

The activities and experiences we offer the children cover the following areas: 

We implement each area of learning and development through purposeful play and a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is supported by adults.  We respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. 

The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. These are known as the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.  Reference to these ‘characteristics’ help us to identify how a child learns so we can better plan for their future learning.  Practitioners will note how children learn in order to set up appropriate opportunities because by following their interests, children are motivated to learn.

Last reviewed: Currently under review - Last review July 2022