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

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 is how the Government and early year’s professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.

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 Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early year’s experts and parents.

In 2012 the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child 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
  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”
  • There is also guidance for the professionals supporting your child on planning the learning activities, and observing and assessing what and how your child is learning and developing
A parent guide to the EYFS can be download here