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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

At Eldon Grove Academy EYFS is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for school ‘readiness’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Children’s early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun, secure; and support their interests, development, care and learning needs. We believe every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their full potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences before the age of five will have a major impact on their future life chances.

The EYFS framework (see link below) explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

Communication and language;                                                                                                                                                               Physical development; and                                                                                                                                                                   Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

Literacy;                                                                                                                                                                                          Mathematics;                                                                                                                                                                                Understanding the world; and                                                                                                                                                            Expressive arts and design.

All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child at Eldon Grove Academy will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like the curriculum in the rest of the school but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be flexible so that practitioners can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning.

Although we have 7 areas of the curriculum, this does not mean that all your child's learning is divided up into specific areas. One learning experience may provide a child with opportunities to develop a number of skills and concepts across several areas of learning. Our expectation is that your child's assessment records will be passed on from Nursery and/or Private Nursery providers, enabling us to ensure continuity throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Phonics teaching and learning are a key part of the Foundation Stage and help to develop early reading and writing skills. If you visited Nursery or a Reception class, you would see a range of activities taking place such as role-play, practical games, painting, cutting and sticking and reading in the book corner. You would also see the outdoor garden/classroom in operation, with equipment such as bikes, cars, sand and water.

Children can be observed in Eldon Grove Academy participating in learning that is self-initiated, adult enhanced, adult-initiated or adult-led. We encourage a partnership with parents/carers so that they are actively involved in their children's learning.