Preschool Children's Learning
Early Years Foundation Stage
Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
This is the stage in your child’s life that gets them ready and prepares them for school, as well as for their future learning and successes.
The EYFS was created to ensure your child’s first 5 years are happy, active, exciting, fun and secure, as well as to support their development, care and learning needs.
All nurseries, preschools, reception classes and childminders who are registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
What is the EYFS Framework?
The EYFS Framework is there to support all professionals working in the Early Years age group. It has a large emphasis on the adult’s role in helping the children develop.
It sets out:
- The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
- The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
- Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
- The expected levels (Early Learning Goals) that your child should reach at the age of 5, which is usually at the end of their reception year.
How your child will be learning:
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
At preschool we will use these to plan your child’s learning and activities. Activities will be suited to your child’s unique ways. They will learn by ‘playing and exploring’, ‘being active’ and through ‘creative and critical thinking’, which will take place indoors and outside.
Each week we look at a different letter sound and the children learn a new song. We also have a sound bag that we fill with objects beginning with the sound of the week and encourage children to make their own sound bag throughout the session.
We use the Jolly Phonics learning tools which encourages children to sound out the letters (instead of 'naming' them). They are all based on well known nursery rhyme tunes, so you can sing along with your child. Each sound also has an action which is detailed next to the song.