"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Early Years Development- A guide for parents

 

"Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments."

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2012

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a structure of learning, development and care that all schools and early years providers follow from birth to five years old. Our practitioners carry out regular observations of your child, using the information gathered to plan activities which reflect your child’s interests and abilities. These observations cover all areas of development within the EYFS as well as recording special moments or your child’s response to certain activities. Observations are recorded in your child’s learning journey, a document which highlights your child’s development and provides you with a record of your child’s time at preschool for years to come.

 

There are 4 themes within the EYFS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These themes are important as they all combine to ensure young children make good, strong progress in their earliest years. This Stage in life is the most important as children’s minds and bodies grow and develop most from birth to age 5.

 

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) areas of learning and development have been

produced by the government and early years professionals for use by all early years providers including child minders.

 

We use the areas of learning and development when we are observing, assessing and planning for your child’s individual needs. The areas of learning and development make sure that we are constantly challenging your child and helping them to develop and succeed.

 

There are 7 areas of learning and they are split into 2 parts

 

 

A. The 3 prime areas – which are for all children and will always be the main focus of our

planning and activities for children under 3

 

B. The 4 specific areas – which are mostly used for the older children (over 3s) but are also relevant for younger children

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area of learning and development is about how your child…

 

  • Is confident and self assured

  • Manages their feelings and behaviour

  • Makes friends

  • Shares and takes turns

 

 

Physical Development

This area of learning and development is about how your child…

 

  • Moves and uses gross motor skills

  • Develops fine motor skills

  • Learns about healthy living

  • Manages self care independently

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication and Language

 

 

This area of learning and development is about how your child…

 

  • Listens and pays attention

  • Understands what is being said

  • Communicates with others

  • Develops vocabulary and speech

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy

This area of learning and development is about how your child…

  • Enjoys reading books

  • Likes making marks

  • Learns to write

  • Starts to explore phonics and letter sounds

Mathematics

 

This area of learning and development is about how your child…

 

  • Learns about numbers and counting

  • Recognises the passing of time

  • Explores measures, capacity, space,

   shapes, opposites etc during play

 

Understanding the World

This area of learning and development is about how your child…

 

  • Finds out about nature and the

    world around them

  • Talks about people and their local

    community and learns about similarities

    and differences

  • Learns to confidently use ICT equipment

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

 

This area of learning and development is about how your child…

 

  • Enjoys being creative

  • Sings, dances and makes music

  • Plays imaginatively

  • Uses different materials and colours

    to express themselves

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to find out more about the EYFS or the areas of learning and development see: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/

 

If you have any questions about any part of the EYFS, please do not hesitate to ask!

   

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