All children in Early Years follow a curriculum called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and this is broken into seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
There are 3 prime areas particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. These are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and Language
There are 4 specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We observe our children to understand and consider their interests, development and learning- planning for and facilitating the 3 ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.
- Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
- Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
- Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
In our nursery we have three family groups (Starfish, Turtles and Seahorses) which enable us to foster all areas of children’s learning and development. Research shows that children thrive from loving and secure relationships and this is what the key person in each of our family groups provide. This role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS. Family groups enable children to transition more smoothly, feel safe and secure as well as being able to target specific learning needs. This small family group approach has had a huge impact on all aspects of our children’s learning and their development has been outstanding.