Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The 'Early Years Foundation Stage' is the time in school when children are in Nursery and the Reception class. Ages 3-5. At All Saints', this is often the time when children first join our school.
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. At All Saints’ we aim to ensure that your child’s early years experiences are happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs within a fully inclusive purpose built unit.
How my child will be learning
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:
• 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:
• Understanding the world; and
• Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. At All Saints’ staff 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 we can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
We support all children’s learning through playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
How can I find out how my child is getting on?
We work very closely with parents to share and discuss your child’s progress. We feel this partnership is extremely important in ensuring a shared understanding of each child’s stage of development so that we can work together in moving them on to the next steps in their learning.
Each child is appointed a “key person”. This is the person who:
• Is your main point of contact within the setting
• Helps your child to become settled, happy and safe
• Is responsible for your child’s care, development and learning
• Takes a careful note of your child’s progress, sharing this with you and giving you ideas as to how to help your child at home
Key staff meet regularly with parents/carers to share information throughout the year and also provide a detailed report at the end of the foundation stage, (summer term of reception). You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child.