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 later life.
It covers the development and welfare of children. The development section consists of 7 areas which are built up of 3 prime areas focusing on earlier development and 4 specific areas.
Planning for children’s learning and development starts with the child. Staff observe their key children daily in order to plan how they can further extend and support each child. Key staff plan activities that reflect children’s individual developmental needs, recording both adult-led and child-initiated activities and ideas.
A Record of Achievement is maintained, showing their abilities, progress, interests and areas needing further staff or parental support. We acknowledge that children learn in different ways and at different rates and plan for this accordingly.
To ensure a flexible approach, these plans can be adapted in order to respond quickly to a child’s learning and developmental needs. Parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s learning by sharing information about their child’s achievements at home.
As an early years provider we are required to complete a short written summary of a child’s development in the three prime learning and development areas of the EYFS when the child is aged between 24-36 months.
This summary will identify the child’s strengths and any areas where the child’s progress is less than expected. If there are significant emerging concerns or identified SEN needs, practitioners are able to develop a plan to support the child’s future learning and development (including working with other professionals where appropriate).
More information about the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found at: www.foundationyears.org.uk