The Early Years Foundation Stage

Curriculum Leaflets

We have a wealth of information available at daycare on the 7 areas of learning and development.  If you would like any information on any part of the curriculum, please ask your child's keyperson or a member of the team.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS is how the Government and Early Years 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 successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure: 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 years experts and parents.

 

How my child will be learning

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating 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
  • Personal, Social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your 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
  • Expressive arts and design

The daycare team will teach and plan your child's learning and activities around the 7 areas.  The keyperson will ensure the activities are suited to your child's unique skills and needs. The EYFS is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

 

How do I know how my child is getting on?

At Highfield we believe that learning together is really important for the child's holistic development. So from the very start we work with parents as the child most important educator. We ask parents/carers to spend time with your childs Keyperson before they start to discuss your childs interests, skills and knowledge. The keyperson will then put all of this information together in a 7 box grid and this will start to form your childs unique experiences and learning at Highfield.

A Learning Journey for your child is used to capture your child's journey with us. This is a three way document between us, the child and parent/family. Throughout your childs time with us their keyperson will make observations and take photographs. They will include photos of activities and experiences your child has experienced and enjoyed. We encourage you to add information when ever you want and talk to the keyperson on a regular basis.

We also hold a Stay and Play Session each term on a Saturday for all the family to attend,  play and have fun. This is also an opportunity to look at and discuss your childs learning journey.