Early Years Foundation Stage - from birth to 5 years old
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Stepping Stones helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development. Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Children learn best when they are following their interests and fascinations. Staff at the centre will support children to build on the learning they already have by providing activities and resources so that they are challenged to take the next step on their learning journey.
In the United Kingdom, children’s day nurseries are required to meet the criteria of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This rigorous educational framework sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.
During 2021 the Early Years Foundation Stage (from birth to five years) was reviewed nationally, and the new requirements are now being implemented. We welcome the changes which very much focus on planning for individual children, following their lines of enquiry and interests. As such we have developed a new way of planning, involving a bespoke monthly plan for each child which will be reviewed and will, in the following month, include consolidation of learning and introduction of new areas, according to each child’s own individual development, ways of learning and interests.
Observations of learning are kept by the key workers in each child’s ‘Learning Journey’ file, which we are happy to share with parents. As part of sharing areas that we are focussed on, we will sometimes send suggestions home with your child about activities that you might like to do at home over the weekend. This is definitely not homework! We know you have busy family lives, but if you
would like to do some of the activities and take photos and/or jot down a couple of notes about them, we would be pleased to include them in your child’s file.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based around four themes; each theme is linked to an important principle:
1. Unique Child Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
2. Positive Relationships Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or other carer.
3. Enabling Environment The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
4. 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 interconnected.
We encourage children to be as independent as possible. To make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. We work to the requirements of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2015).
Our staff are always observing and are always on hand to help when needed. These observations are recorded in your child’s ‘Learning Journey.’ This will be shared with you during your child’s time at the Centre and will be passed on to you when your child starts school.