EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE SEPTEMBER 2014

This year the EYFS has been updated and revised. You may want to check out the revisions particularly if you use our Out of School Centre.  


Learning and development


Every child deserves the best possible start in life, which is what we aim to provide at St Bart’s Day Nurseries. Children develop quickly between birth and age five, and their experiences at this time are known to have a major impact on their life chances. To promote this development we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a national framework setting standards of learning giving children a broad range of knowledge and skills.


Within the EYFS there are 7 areas of learning:


- Communication and language

- Physical development

- Personal, social, and emotional development

- Literacy

- Mathematics

- Understanding the world, and

- Expressive arts and design


Every day we provide a wide range of activities and experiences to enable each child to develop in all these areas, and we observe children carefully to monitor their individual development and progress. Every child has a ‘key carer’, who is responsible for developing a close relationship with her/him, supported by a second key carer to cover holidays, differences in staff shifts, etc. Staff record the child’s key achievements in her/his personal Learning Journey, a secure online system for tracking children's progress. Photos of your child's activities are also uploaded to this site.This enables us to compare your child's progress against the national standards, as well as against others in the group. This record is shared daily with parents. Staff and parents also note children’s particular interests, ideas, and actions on the room’s ‘working board’, which provides a ready reminder of points to be taken forward in the coming days. Each week the key carer reviews the child’s achievements, using the Learning Journey and notes on the working board, then sets challenging targets to promote the child’s continued progress and development, and these are set out as the child's 'Next Steps'. This monitoring by key carers and parents enables continuity of challenge and development, both at nursery and at home. It also allows early identification of additional needs and specialist intervention, which may be helpful.


Three times a year the key carer reviews every child’s longer term progress to report to parents at the parents’ evening. At this time both the parents and the key carer contribute to ‘My Unique Story’, which summarises your child’s progress in all 7 areas of the EYFS and sets out plans for her/his further development. 


We believe that through this monitoring and regular review we really do help every child achieve their potential.


OUT OF SCHOOL CENTRE


You will notice that the biggest changes in the revised EYFS 2014 concern the Out of School Centre.  The requirement to follow the EYFS curriculum at the Out of School Centre no longer apply, as the children are already doing this while at school, and this change makes a lot of sense to us.  However, we plan to stay with the ratio of staff to children which we currently have and the requirements for qualifications in childcare.  


Read more about the EYFS here.