About Early Years
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
There are assessments when a child is aged between 2 and 3 years and at the end of the academic year when they turn 5. These are not tests for the child – the assessments are based on EYFS practitioners’ observations. Information from these assessments is used for parents, practitioners and teachers to support children’s learning and development.
Areas of Learning
Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games.
At the end of the academic year when a child turns 5, the practitioner records each child’s development by watching the child playing and in the classroom. The completed assessment is known as the ‘early years foundation stage profile’. This is used to help the year 1 teacher plan lessons for the children.
Outdoor provision is a big part of Early years.
The Department of Educations Statutory framework for the EYFS clearly states on page 28 3.58 states:
3.58 Providers must provide access to an outdoor play area or, if that is not possible ensure that outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis(unless circumstances make this inappropriate, for example unsafe weather conditions). Providers must follow their legal responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 (for example, the provisions on reasonable adjustments).
We offer outdoor continuous provision because it:
- Supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles.
- Offers children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement.
- Promotes a sense of confidence and well-being.
- Provides opportunities for developing harmonious relationships with others, through negotiation, taking turns and cooperation.
- Supports those children who learn best through activity or movement.
- Provides safe and supervised opportunities for children to experience new challenges, assess risk and develop the skills to manage difficult situations.
- Supports children’s developing creativity and problem-solving skills.
- Provides rich opportunities for imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
- Gives children contact with the natural world and offers them unique experiences, such as direct contact with the weather and seasons.
Prepare For All Weathers
We offer outdoor play in all weathers. If we do judge that the weather is too extreme we wouldn’t open the doors. We do look at the safety and check our area daily. To make sure that your child is able to enjoy all of this in a safe and comfortable manner please can you ensure that they are appropriately dressed for school. You are more than welcome to keep a pair of wellies in school in case it rains or snows, but please put your child in a waterproof coat. Please can you also bring them in wearing hats, scarfs and gloves. In the summer please ensure that they have sufficient sun-cream on and also a sun hat.
Ask A Question
If you ever have any questions on the EYFS please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our team. All of our team are EYFS trained.