Education & Care
The EYFS is a statutory framework for all early years providers. It sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
” Safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play”
Working Together To Safeguard Children 2018
The EYFS is about meeting the needs of individual children and enabling every child to reach their full potential. There are four overarching themes, each with its own principle.
A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with their parents and/or a key person.
Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
These principles, along with the Every Child Matters frame work (DfES, 2004) guide us in creating a rich learning environment and ensuring that the individual care and learning needs of the children are met.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the children’s education and they are all important and inter-connected.
The three prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social & emotional development
Children are also supported in four specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Children’s progress is recorded by notes, observations and photographs, all of which are stored in the child’s personal pathway file which is always available to view, and is sent home once a term. This allows parents the chance to take their time to look through these detailed and informative files, and to add their own observations and information.
Click here for Combined Policy Document 2018
Click here for Privacy Notice for parents