The EYFS will be the stage your child is in when they attend a setting or a childminders home between birth and the age of five.
Children do the best when parents and professionals work together
It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else.
Practitioners should be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child's progress.
Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others will help you to notice how well they are developing and learning. The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future
In our rooms we have a PLOD (Possible Line of Development) that are used for Child Initiated Planning. We are great believers in listening to the children and learning from them and their parents about their interests and knowledge of what goes on around them. By watching and talking to the children we are able to put onto the PLOD anything they talk about or show an interest in. We then extend this further onto the Child Initiated Planning sheets thus allowing the children to have the biggest input into what they learn and develop on a daily basis.
FURTHER EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
The EYFS is the period of development from birth until the end of reception year at school. In the EYFS the age bands are very broad for example:
8-20mths, 22-36mths and 30-50mths
You will notice that these ages overlap to reflect childrens development as being individual.
One of the important changes in this revised EYFS is "working in partnership with parents".
As you are the most important people to your child and the people who know them best of all, I would like to make you aware of our WOW Board, this is to display
"I am proud of myself" achievement slips for parents to complete. It doesn't matter how small you think their progress is, it is a huge WOW moment for your child and can be added to their learning journals. Please help yourself to some "I am proud slips" to keep at home and if you run out just write on a piece of paper and bring it to nursery, and together we can plan your Childs next step.
Further changes are the "characteristics of effective learning". These are the ways in which children engage with other people and their environment:
Playing and Exploring
Creative and Thinking Critically
All of which underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner our observations and planning will be linked to these characteristics.
There are now 4 themes:
These 3 themes if balanced correctly will result in the fourth theme of:-
Learning and Development
There are now 7 areas of learning and development 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific Areas. With children under 3yrs we concentrate on the 3 Prime areas:-
Personal, Social and Emotional
Communication and Language
This can be seen in our planning, progress reports and learning journals. The reason for targeting these 3 areas is to allow the child to be secure within these 3 prime areas of development before they can move on and develop in the specific areas. The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences and will support learning in all other areas.
With children over 3yrs together with prime areas they are introduced to the specific areas:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
This will also be seen in our planning, progress reports and learning journals. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout all stages in the EYFS. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important context for learning.