Early Years Framework

Early Years Foundation Stage

At this setting we underwent the transition from birth to three matters and foundation stage curriculum to the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in 2014.

Children working together

The EYFS focus’ on all children from birth to the end of their Reception Year, and it supports the transition through the stages of development and learning of every child.

At Southery Playgroup the children are able to access a wide variety of resources and activities. The children are able to make decisions, select and choose activities from resource trays. These are all at child height and the resource boxes have pictures and labels to help the children select their activities independently.

We have created zones to support the children’s personal and language development through communication friendly spaces. Both indoors and out there are craft trolleys where children can freely access a wide variety of craft materials. This allows them to be able to make their own and very personal creations using a wide range of recycled and natural materials.

Quiet times and areas are available where children can sit quietly in a cosy environment, they can listen to a story, do puzzles or just sit silently for a while.

The EYFS is based upon four principles:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

Knowing our children’s interests, Key workers and staff are able to set up different environment’s each day to help support and develop their confidence and independence through activities that involve:

  • creativity, communication, language and literacy
  • problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
  • physical development both gross and fine motor
  • personal and social development.
  • understanding the world around them.

These are the areas of learning which present themselves as development targets for the EYFS.

This means that learning and development is relevant and individual to each child.