The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.
It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a “learning thruough play”approach to learning and development’. Young children learn best through play and Early Years Practitioners will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development.
The activities that are provided for young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the 17 Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year . The EYFS curriculum enables practitioners to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills. For young children it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings creating a warm environment to develop and grow in all areas, emotionally, socially and cognitively.
The areas of learning and development are broken into seven areas. The prime areas are fundamental and continue to support development and learning in all other areas throughout the Foundation Stage.
These are the three prime areas
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional develop
- The four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. Each area is divided into stages of development and teachers are able to identify resources and learning opportunities for individual children suited to their developmental needs.
The EYFS also encourages parents and teachers to work together. This is an opportunity for you to provide input into your child’s development in discussions with your class teacher. At CES we are always ready to help and discuss anything concerning your child’s welfare and education. Our children start with a “Learning Journey” at the beginning of each year . This document is a holistic way to track the child’s development through photographs, pictures, writing and anecdotal evidence by the teacher and parental observations. Our children are also involved in the Learning Journey and make this document their own.
We value each child as UNIQUE and encourage playing and exploring, active learning, creative an critical thinking.
At CES your child’s safety and wellbeing is our focus.