What is the EYFS?
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which 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; and support their development, care and learning needs.
How will my child be learning?
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. 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; and
· 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:
· Understanding the world; and
· Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
(Extract from: Parents' Guide to the EYFS 2012).
Our EYFS Policy
To find out more information about how we plan, assess and track our pupils' progress and attainment please check our EYFS policy. The policy also includes further information about how we work closely with our parents and support pupils through the transition from nursery into reception and reception into year one.
Would you like to know more?
At Morpeth All Saints there are two classes that make up the EYFS: Indigo which is nursery and Blue Class which is reception. The two presentations below give you an idea of what we get up to! Each class also provides weekly updates to all parents on their webpages - check them out and see how we learn with love and laughter! If you would still like to find out more, arrange a visit and come and visit us!