Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Othery village school.
At Othery village school, we run a Foundation Stage Unit called Hatchlings. This means that children can come to our setting from the age of 2 years. They will remain in the Foundation Stage unit until the end of their Reception Year.
Nursery and Reception children do have their own areas but share an outside area. We often free flow between all areas allowing the children to access all resources but do break into key groups to meet the learning needs of all groups of children at different points of the day.
We believe that it is when a child feels safe, happy and secure that they can learn most effectively. Our small numbers mean that we can build excellent relationships with each of the children in our care supporting them to thrive in all areas of their development.
Play is the fundamental way in which young children learn. It is where they make sense of the world. We believe that children learn best by ‘doing’ and so Hatchlings FSU is set up for children to have a variety of activities to investigate and play with. Children take part in short adult led sessions and then choose their own learning.
Speech and language is a huge part of children’s early development so it is a very important part of Hatchlings FSU. We encourage and support children to speak confidently to each other and adults in a relaxed and friendly environment and our younger children participate in special talk time sessions as part of our daily routine.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The EYFS is the stage of learning is when your child attends a setting or childminders home between birth and the age of five. They remain in this stage of learning until the end of the Reception Year in school.
The EYFS Framework describes how Early Years Practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning.
What are the EYFS principles?
Children develop quickly in the early years, and early years practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life. Children have a right to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender. The EYFS guidance helps adults to understand and support each individual child’s development pathway.
The EYFS Curriculum is based on four important principles:
- A Unique Child
Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Enabling Environments
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers.
- Learning & Development
Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
What is in the EYFS Curriculum?
Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development. These areas are separated into different aspects. The areas are:
|Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED)||Making relationships|
|Self-confidence and self-awareness|
|Managing feelings and behaviour|
|Physical Development (PD)||Moving and handling|
|Health and self-care|
|Communication and Language (CAL)||Listening and attention|
|Shape, space and measure|
|Understanding the World||People and Communities|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Exploring and using media and materials|
Through these areas, Early Years Practitioners foster the characteristics of effective early learning which support children throughout the learning life:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
Children with in the Early Years Foundation Stage are the most successful when parents and practitioners work together. With this in mind we use an online learning journal called Tapestry. We upload pictures, observations and videos, celebrating your child’s achievements from that day and hope that you will do the same at home.
Assessment in EYFS
On-going formative assessment is at the heart of effective early years practice. The EYFS requires early years practitioners to review children’s progress and share a summary with parents at two points:
in the prime areas between the ages of 24 and 36 months
and at the end of the EYFS in the EYFS Profile. (Summer Term of the Reception Year)
Practitioners will be watching and supporting your child in their development throughout their time in Early Years. They will use this assessment to help plan activities which are relevant to your child’s own growth and development. These assessments will be shared with you a various key points.
If you would like to find out more information about Hatchlings FS unit please call the school office or pop in and see us in action.