The E.Y.F.S. is a statutory framework for practitioners like myself to follow that set the standards of learning, care and developments for children from birth until the 31st August after the child’s 5th Birthday.
The main aim of the E.Y.F.S. framework is to ensure that all children get the best possible start in life, and through support and education children reach their full potential
Early Years Foundation Stage. (E.Y.F.S.)
At Happy Hearts I implement the EYFS to a very high standard. I continually attend training in all areas of the framework to ensure that my practice reflects all current guidance and legal requirements.
To ensure children are working well towards the six areas of learning and development, I carefully observe children throughout the day and during activities. I use the evidence that has been recorded in observations to plan for the next steps in their learning and development.
There are six areas of learning and development that I shape my educational activities around and these are:
• Communication, literacy and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development.
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design
These six areas of learning and development together make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for babies and young children as they grow, learn and develop. They are all underpinned by the principles detailed above and are connected to one another, ensuring each child can reach their full potential and the Early Learning Goals.
Children will have an environment that will provide them with independence, freedom of choice and stimulating opportunities. The environment will be planned and resourced carefully, to allow for a variety of experiences including areas appropriate for quiet, imaginative, constructive, tactile, creative, physical and free play.
The environment will, of course, incorporate indoor and outdoor opportunities and experiences.
Children will have their individual needs, interests and passions for learning met and planned for in order for them to reach their full potential.
Promoting Best Practice
I will complete Learning Journeys for all 0-5 year old children in my care. This will be my key method of documenting their learning. This practice is recognized and recommended as the most effective means of ensuring children make good progress.
• Every Learning Journey is unique and tells the story of each child’s learning and development over time
• Learning Journeys provide a record of significant moments in a child’s learning and development across all areas of learning
• Learning Journals provide a focus for sharing and discussing observations and stages of development with parents and with others who share the child’s EYFS provision (eg where children attend more than one setting/childminder)
• Learning Journeys support children’s transitions as they move from one setting to another and should be shared
• Learning Journeys should include the voices of children, parents and carers so that all are involved in the ongoing observation and assessment process
What my Learning Journeys will include
These capture moments and sequences of your child’s activity, their interests and explorations. You can add some of your own from home. Sometimes we will write down exactly what your child says about the photographs, so we know your child’s point of view. This is also an accurate record of language development.
These are quick notes of significant moments we notice in your child’s learning.
Your child’s creations
These could be photos of models, photos of their role-play, marks they have made, artmaking, with an observation to explain what your child did or said.
Learning story episodes
These special detailed observations give snapshots of learning that the children have initiated themselves. Adults might go on to think about how to respond specifically to the child’s way of thinking and doing things.
Your child’s Learning Journey book celebrates his/her experiences. Over time, it will tell a story about your child– his/her learning, friends and the activities he/she enjoys sharing with others. I will watch and notice each child at play because it helps me to understand and support their individual well-being and development. I really get to know the children as unique people with special skills, interests and ideas.
The more I understand about your special child, the better I can support them in the way that is right for them. I will work together with families. I value parents and carers taking the profile book home and sharing in their child’s learning. We welcome you talking with your child about the book, sticking in family photographs or other things of significance for your child. You and your child can also take the book to any other settings or important people to share or add to.
Please feel welcome to join me in watching out for and adding new things. So much happens so quickly! When you tell us about your child a clearer picture unfolds and together we can plan more effectively to help the learning process. We can share pleasure and excitement in their learning. I will regularly look through the book with your child to remind us of happy times, providing a starting point for talk about shared memories. When children are ready, they can also choose to put things that are important to them in their book.
Though it is mainly kept at Happy Hearts, it belongs to you and your child.
The four themes and principles of the EYFS are detailed below:
A Unique Child
Every Child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected