Early Years Foundation Stage

Bill Quay Pre-School follows the government based framework for early learning called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS is split into four themes – A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development. These four themes are the key principles that underpin effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children.

We are aware that play is at the heart of the delivery of the EYFS and ensures that all settings provide a balance of adult led and child initiated (self chosen) activities. These are delivered through indoor and outdoor play.

As a parent it may interest you to know that at present we have a member of staff who is currently training to be our Early Years Professional within the setting.

The EYFS principles underpin the 7 areas of learning and development, which are connected and equal in importance and are again underpinned by the importance of play.

To expand each of the 7 areas of learning and development we do the following:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – children are encouraged to share, take turns and play alongside their peers. We encourage independence, encourage and support the children in dressing themselves after P.E and managing their own personal hygiene.
  • Communication and Language – we allow the children to take part in discussions and have conversations with each other.
  • Literacy – children are encouraged to listen and take part in stories, songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Mathematics – we encourage activities that involve numbers, measurement, space and shape. This understanding can be developed through stories, games, construction and imaginative play.
  • Understanding of the World – children are encouraged to talk about their families, where they live and past and present events. They are encouraged to explore the environment and have access to our outdoor areas. Since being awarded ‘Fairtrade Status’ we also include this in our curriculum planning.
  • Physical Development – we offer opportunities for the children to develop their physical skills by providing opportunities for them to run around, ride bikes, scooters and cars. We also take part in weekly PE sessions using the large school hall.
  • Expressive Arts and Design – children are encouraged to develop their creative skills through art, design, music, movement, stories and role-play.

As well as the 7 areas of learning we cover the EYFS themes and commitments as follows:

Unique Child – Child development, inclusive practice keeping children safe and healthy.

Positive Relationships – Respecting children and their families, working with parents as partners, the allocation of keyworkers to build relationships with children and their families.

Enabling Environments – Observational assessment and planning provides a unique profile of ability of each child.

Learning and Development – By providing play and exploration this allows the children to learn at their highest level.