Early Years Foundation Stage
At Lander Road we believe “Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.” (EYFS Framework 2012)
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage is followed throughout 3 year groups:
Areas of Learning and Development
It is really important that the children develop in these areas because they are the foundation on which all other learning takes place and so a lot of time is spent ensuring that this happens.
Through these areas the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning
When planning and guiding children’s activities, we observe different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
We offer a welcoming, safe and secure environment where children’s excitement and love of learning can be sparked and developed. Our planning has a sharp focus on the children’s needs, their interests and their stages of development. Staff plan and work together to ensure continuity, challenge and progression, providing stage related activities to suit individual children from 2-5. Children are taught in a variety of ways; in whole class groups, small group work, key worker groups and individually. We recognise that the seven areas of learning cannot be delivered in isolation and seek opportunities to make links between them. We aim to deliver the curriculum through planned, purposeful play and present new concepts in meaningful contexts that enable the children to build on what they already know.
Our long term planning gives an overview of topics we intend to cover. Medium term planning considers possible lines of development within this topic. For our short term planning we focus on using the children’s own interests and needs, to move their learning forward. As much as possible we encourage the children to learn through play. We understand the importance of child initiated activities and all children are given time to pursue these. As the children progress through the Early Years more time is teacher directed but play is still valued and encouraged.
Every child has a Key Person who has particular responsibility for that child. They talk with parents and ensure they are kept informed regarding the child's development. We email parents regularly with updates regarding their child's learning at school and we ask the parents to inform us also of things the child is doing at home using our assessment tool 'Parent Share'.
In the EYFS the environment is described in terms of three aspects: The emotional environment, the outdoor environment, the indoor environment. These three aspects of the environment together make up the environment for play and learning in the EYFS. The way in which we set up the learning environment gives strong messages to children about the sorts of experiences that will be encouraged and valued there. We provide a rich and challenging learning environment that encourages all children to develop independence.