The “Early Years Foundation Stage” (EYFS), covers learning, development and care from birth to the end of the academic year in which a child has their fifth birthday. Our curriculum is based on the EYFS, focusing on the needs, interests, and stages of development in order to help plan challenging and enjoyable experiences across all areas of Learning and Development. It is about developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentration, persistence, learning to work together and cooperating with other children. It is also about developing early communication, literacy and numeracy skills that will prepare young children for Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. All providers of childcare for pre-school aged children should be working within the EYFS guidelines.
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The EYFS covers six areas of learning and development:
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (Mathematical Development)
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
Each learning area has early learning goals which set out the skills, understanding, knowledge and attitudes which it is hoped children will reach or exceed by the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of five. These goals are equally important, cannot be delivered in isolation from the others, and must be delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. At some primary schools children are identified as Gifted and Talented and put on the G and T register. At Flagg Nursery School we acknowledge that children will have special interests, talents and may even be gifted. Annually we celebrate these interests through display. Termly we offer parent consultations which include time for you to share your child’s special interests or talents as well as progress at school.
Recording and Reporting Progress
Your child’s progress will be monitored throughout their time in the nursery. There is an opportunities to discuss progress through parent consultation sessions. Staff will share your children’s records of achievement, photo assessments and examples of work. A copy of your child’s final record will be passed on to the Primary School to aid transition.
Staff will always make time and be available to discuss your child and any concerns you may have. The most suitable times for a quick chat are at the start of the morning and afternoon sessions, but you can always telephone (01298 85208) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if staying at school is inconvenient.