Early years foundation stage EYFS
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS is made up of a Statutory Framework for the Early Years which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years. A Practice Guidance document supports staff in assessing a child’s progress and helps them to provide the best learning experience for all babies and children.
The aim is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn through high quality play experiences. For additional information, please click on the above link to the EYFS.
Play is vital for children. It helps them to understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally. It is through play that our children learn, develop at their own pace and have fun with adults who understand, support and care about them. We want the children we care for to feel secure, not pushed or pressured, and to have the confidence to deal with whatever life brings. The Government states that parents must receive written progress reports for their child when they reach the age of two and again at five.
Lyndhurst’s play-based curriculum
Children learn individually and with others through play. We offer our children a play-based curriculum which meets all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
It supports all aspects of their learning and development. It encourages their in-built curiosity and desire to make sense of the world around them and helps them to discover that learning is interesting and fun. This is vitally important if children are going to remain keen learners for the rest of their lives.
Play in a secure environment with effective adult support allows the children to explore, investigate and enjoy the learning experience. We help them to practice and develop ideas, concepts and skills in a unique and non-threatening way, without fear of failure. We deliver the early year’s (EYFS) curriculum in a number of ways, through:
Role play and imaginative opportunities
Water, sand and malleable experiences
Stories, rhymes and songs
Exploring and investigating science and nature
Dance and music
Construction and small world play
Large and fine motor skills and experiences
Literacy and numeracy skills