The Early Years Foundation Stage

eyf1At Forest Nursery we deliver The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS),which is a statutory framework for all early years settings who are Ofsted registered.  The EYFS focuses on the learning and developmental needs of children aged from birth to the end of the Reception year in primary school.

The EYFS states that every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their future life chances. It sets out statutory welfare requirements that as a setting we must follow; assessment requirements to support each child’s progress through the EYFS, and developmental phases leading to the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) at the end of Reception year.

There are 7 areas of learning within the EYFS. These are:

The 3 prime areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These are the essential foundations to development and learning and will support development of the 4 specific areas of learning which broaden children’s knowledge and skills:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

eyf2We use these 7 areas of learning and development to observe, assess and plan for every child in our nursery. Due to being a small family nursery, all of our staff get to know our children really well but this is further supported through our key person system.

At Forest Nursery we believe that all children are unique and that each child will develop at a different rate along their own unique learning pathway. Our nursery aims to support all children to reach their full potential, including those with special educational needs, in an environment which respects and values every child as an individual.

Learning through Play

The research and ethos underpinning the Early Years Foundation Stage is that play is vital. Children learn best by playing, exploring, being creative and active and developing critical thinking. At Forest Nursery we value the importance of play during the early foundation years and we use purposeful play and playfulness in all our activities. The EYFS  themes of  A Unique eyf3Child; Positive Relationships; Enabling Environments and Learning and Development encompass how the child is of upmost importance and that relationships, experiences and the environment all together influence how a child develops, plays and learns. At Forest Nursery we also draw upon influences from the Reggio Emilia approach; a natural and holistic practice which complements the EYFS framework.

We endeavour to provide learning opportunities both indoors and outside and see the weather as an opportunity to further potential learning opportunities and experiences.