We are a child first nursery in Solihull and are proud to follow the EYFS 2014, which is the framework for the care and education of babies, toddlers and children up to the age of five. The areas of learning and development consist of prime areas and specific areas. The prime areas cover the skills and knowledge which are the base of the child’s school readiness and future progress, which are applied and reinforced by the specific areas.
The EYFS is a very vital stage in a young persons progress and learning as it helps them to prepare for their school years and future learning. All Ofsted-registered early years providers and schools must follow the EYFS curriculum, including childminders, toddler nurseries, pre-schools and reception classes.
There are 17 goals to meet and for each one it is up to us to determine whether the child is meeting their expected levels, are exceeding them or are below the expected level.
The education and development requirements comprise of a few key areas:
- Meeting the learning goals, which ensures the children have the knowledge, skills and understanding that they are expected to have gained by the time they go to reception.
- Assessment requirements, this looks at when and how early years practitioners must assess a child’s achievements and how and when they should discuss such achievements with the parents/carers.
There are also seven areas of the development plan that must shape the educational programmes settings, these include:
Communication and language – This allows the child to express their feelings and speak and listen in a range of different situations.
Physical development – This gives all children the opportunity to be interactive and active!
Personal, emotional and social development – Helps to develop all young people’s social skills, develop a positive image of themselves while understanding how to behave in certain situations and environments.
Mathematics – This gives the children the opportunity to develop and improve their counting, calculating and number skills. It also enables them to be able to describe different shapes, measures and spaces.
Literacy – This encourages and teaches children the first steps of learning how to read and write.
Expressive arts and design – involves playing and exploring using a wide range of materials, technology and media which encourages them to express their feelings through role play, design, dance, music and movements.
Understanding the world – This helps to guide children about the world, different communities, places, people and technology.