The Purpose and Aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child's experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. The EYFS is mandatory for all schools and early years providers in Ofsted registered settings attended by young children - that is children from birth to the end of the academic year in which the child has their fifth birthday. If your child begins their learning journey with us building blocks will be laid and the foundations will be completed in their first year at school. We work closely with both the local primary schools to ensure a smooth transition for all our children. If you are at all unsure then please don't hesitate to ask us!
Child Development and Curriculum
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We will ensure that the teaching and support given to your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
These prime areas are the most essential for your child's healthy development and learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:
Berkswell Pre-School's Approach to Children’s Learning
The Early Years Foundation Stage ethos is firmly based in the belief that open-ended creative play is a key way in which children learn.
Play is complex and needs time, space and skilled support in order to evolve and grow. Here at Berkswell Pre School, sessions are built around such thinking.We recognise that children have a
huge stake in their own development and we do our utmost to provide an enabling environment for children to initiate and carry out investigations with the support of quality staff interaction.
The EYFS pushes adults to review and question traditional assumptions with regard to Early Years Learning. Instead of continually ‘getting children ready for school’ the EYFS asks us to look at where each child is now and what we as adults can do to support through sensitivity and stimulation.By offering a more holistic and outdoor based approach children are intrinsically learning numeracy and literacy, along with all the other areas of learning, without rote and so are gaining a much firmer understanding within a wide range of contexts.
The Staff’s Role in Supporting and Extending Children’s Play and Thinking
It is not enough to just provide a stimulating environment and let the children get on with it. Staff at Berkswell Pre School actively teach the children through modelling appropriate language and behaviour, sharing and supporting intelligent conversations, and developing and extending play through motivation and encouragement.
Our enthusiastic and attentive staff team sensitively support children’s explorations through:
* Using a variety of methods to observe and listen to all children to gain an
understanding of what interests them and how they might be thinking
* Valuing all children’s reactions and questions to support their ideas
* Helping children make links to previous experiences
* Posing problems and raising questions for children to take their thinking a step further
* Planning additional enhanced provision to develop further possibilities and opportunities
* Helping children see how their current explorations link to their lives outside the setting
Continuous and Enhanced Provision
Children do not need complex resources. They use whatever is to hand and their own imaginations. This quite often goes against adult and commercial pre conceptions. A plastic orange in a play kitchen can only be a plastic orange but give a child open ended resources, it can become anything that the child wishes. Materials such as water, soil, sand, sticks, clay, junk and fabrics can become anything that a child envisages. The simpler the resource, the more versatile it is, which in turn supports sensory play over a sustained period of time.
Here at Berkswell Pre School we offer high quality open ended resources that support opportunities for each child to investigate and create in their own way at their own pace. A core collection of resources is offered for continuous daily provision with
enhanced resources being added to extend children’s interests.
Open-ended /free flow play
Open ended / free flow play offers hands on imaginative and creative opportunities for learning. Play is intrinsic to children’s well being and must be acknowledged and respected.
Berkswell Pre School offers the space, time and support for children to explore in an imaginative, spontaneous and free flow approach where children can determine what to do, how to do it and what to use whilst having clear and consistent expectations with regard to behaviour, boundaries and safety. By not having a fixed outcome the children have no fear of doing wrong as there is no ‘correct’ outcome.
The Reading Room
If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact Nicola Fox (Manager) on
07786431965 or 07565813699
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