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Early Years Foundation Stage

​"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
​The EYFS is based on 4 guiding principles which we practice ....
  • Unique Child - every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

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

  • Enabling Environments - children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, responding to their individual interests and needs and helping them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

  • Learning and Development - Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development ....

  • ​the areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children in all early years settings

  • the early learning goals that providers must help children work towards (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five)

  • assessment arrangements for measuring progress (and requirements for reporting to parents and/or carers)

The EYFS safeguarding and welfare requirements enable us to create a high quality setting which is welcoming, safe and stimulating, and where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence. These requirements cover ....
  • safeguarding children

  • ensuring the suitability of adults who have contact with children

  • promoting good health

  • managing behaviour

  • maintaining records, policies and procedures

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