Early Years Foundation Stage Learning and Development
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a statutory revised framework that came in to force in September 2012. It sets standards to help us to deliver personalised learning, development and care that will enhance the development of all the children in our nursery while keeping them safe and healthy. The learning and development programme offered to the children attending the nursery will have its basis in the “Early Learning Goals” that establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the EYFS (the end of the academic year in which they reach five years). The goals provide the basis for planning throughout the EYFS so laying secure foundations from birth for future learning.
The revised EYFS focuses on three prime areas which are the foundations for children’s ability to learn and develop healthily and are:
In addition to the prime areas there are four specific areas that include essential skills and knowledge to strengthen and reinforce the three prime areas and are:
All these areas of learning and development are important and inter connected to support the “Whole child”. The areas will be delivered through planned purposeful play and there will be a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. We place a strong emphasis on meaningful play and plan regularly so that all play is appropriate, stimulating and purposeful. For young children purposeful play is an essential and rich part of the learning process. Play is a powerful motivator encouraging children to be creative and to develop their ideas, understanding and language.