At Daisy Chain Day Nursery we follow The Early Years Foundation Stage, this is shaped by four overarching principles, these are:
The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development which include:
There are seven of learning and development which must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning are important and interconnected. The areas of learning and development are split into three prime and four specific areas of learning.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Communication and Language Development this involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Specific Areas of Learning
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics the opportunity to develop and improve skills in counting, understanding and using numbers
calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shape, space and measures.
Understanding of the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Characteristics of Effective Early Learning
Each child reaches out to relate to people and things through the characteristics of effective early learning:
Active Learning – motivation
Each child has its own Learning Journal. This document includes examples of children's work, observations of each child's play and achievements. Photographs of each child at play are also included. Parents and carers are encouraged to add to this record, if they wish, with observations or photographs of their child.