Child Development – Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), by providing a learning environment focused upon play where all individual children are encouraged to develop to their full potential in all areas of learning. Qualified Early Years Practitioners use their knowledge and experience of child development to observe and listen to the individual child to ensure that their needs are being met and to enable us to plan activities and experiences to encourage and enhance their learning.

We are committed to implementing practice which focuses on the five Every Child Matters outcomes, which are:-

  • Staying safe
  • Keeping healthy
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Making positive contributions
  • Achieving economic well being

We recognise that a child’s family is their first educator, therefore we feel by working as equal partners, together we can support each individual child in reaching their full potential. By working together and establishing good lines of communication we aim to establish and meet the individual child’s needs.

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

This is the statutory framework legal requirements relating to all areas of learning, development and welfare of children.

Alongside the legal requirements, the EYFS is designed to guide children’s earliest years and provide support, information, guidance and challenge for all those with responsibility for the care and education of babies and children.

This framework is used from birth to the end of reception year in schools and is used to shape the children’s developmental records.

This framework allows staff to provide babies and young children with access to a wide variety of experiences and exploratory play which encourages all areas of development.

The framework is broken down into these areas of development:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Each area of development is promoted and implemented throughout the Nursery in activities and experiences focused on children learning through play.

Through observation, practitioners assess the individual child, focusing on the child’s interests and their current stage of development. Practitioners then plan activities and experiences that encourage and support the child’s development and future learning.

Long, medium and short term planning is necessary to enable practitioners to keep a balance between adult and child led activities.

Long term planning (continuous/enhanced provision)/Medium term planning (Topics/Festivals/Celebrations) is fully in place throughout the nursery.

Short term planning is implemented by a Key Person for each individual child.

Child led activities and experiences are provided through a free choice system, know as ‘Continuous Provision’, where children can select activities they wish to engage in. This is designed to aid decision making and independence.


Development Matters

Development Matters are the milestones that children reach at different ages and stages through their early years.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Development Matters