Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a term described by the government and early years professionals as the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.
This is a very important stage as it helps your child prepare for school, as well as assisting them in their future learning. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; it should support their development, care and their learning needs.
The EYFS framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.
We use the framework here at Townsend Montessori Nurseries to ensure your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will then help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities that take place, ensuring they are suited to your child’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking, which takes place both indoors and outside.
All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development and have a long-lasting effect as they progress through school. Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them each day helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas.
At Townsend Montessori Nurseries, we like our parents/carers to be highly involved in their child’s learning and development, so we therefore give you the opportunity to add to their learning journeys at all times by carrying out observations of your child away from the nursery setting and handing them to your child’s key person. These observations are then used alongside the key person’s observations each month to monitor their development. These are called “Wow moments” at home; blank forms are available outside each classroom. Your child’s learning journey is located within the room and is accessible at all times should you like to look through this.