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The early years foundation stage (EYFS) is a non-statutory guidance material to help support practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the (EYFS). Children develop quickly in the early years, and we aim to do all we can to help children to have the best start in life. Children have a right, to a provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities.

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.

The four themes of the EYFS underpin all the guidance. The document 'development matters’ shows how these themes and principles work together for children in the EYFS.

A unique child - every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

In order for us to do this we need to understand and observe each Child's development and learning, assess progress and plan for next steps. We support babies and children to develop a positive sense of their own identity and culture. We will identify any need of support, keep children safe and value and respect all children and families equally.

Positive relationships - children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

We do this by being warm and welcoming giving the sense of belonging, being sensitive and responsive to the Child's needs, feelings and interests. We are supportive of their own efforts and independence. We are consistent in setting clear boundaries, and help support them to understand these.

Enabling environment - children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between us and parents/carers.

We offer stimulating resources, relevant to all the children's cultures and communities, rich learning opportunities through play and playful teaching and we support children to take risks and explore.  

Learning and development - children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

We teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development. We aid children to play and explore active learning, creating and thinking critically.

Prime areas of learning and development are; Personal, social and development. (making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour)

-Physical development (moving and handling, health and self-care)

-Communication and language (listening and attention, understanding, speaking)

Specific areas;

Literacy (reading, writing) 

Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measure)

Understanding of the world (people and communities, the world, technology)

Expressive arts and design (exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative)


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