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All rooms at Fairy Tales Day Nursery follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, this is the first part of the National Curriculum.

We initially speak with parents, gaining knowledge of the family background and life skills so far, which we then build on during the child's time with us to give each child the best possible start to their early education through experiences and opportunities within the setting and local community.

We observe the child to see the child's base line development level, then focusing on their interests and next steps, we work with in the moment planning obtaining numerous spontaneous observations and regular focused weeks to reach their next goal, through child's own interests and play.

Key persons are responsible for their child's planning and do this in conjunction with parents. Portfolios of children's development is captured on ipads and parental link to the eyLog system to see daily progress and pictures.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) outlines what adults must do to help children learn and develop and to be healthy and safe.

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and achievements. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

The EYFS includes seven areas of learning and development. In this guide the seven areas are split into three age bands**: o Birth to three o 3-4 o 4-5 (the reception year in school) • In each band, there are suggestions about what your child may be doing, and how you can help them. It’s important to remember that children develop in different ways and at different rates

At Fairy Tales we use an in the moment planning approach to keep our day as child lead as possible.

A parent guide to the EYFS can be download here

What-to-expect-in-the-EYFS-complete-FINAL-16.09-compressed.pdf (