The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework is the legal curriculum that all childcare settings, including Elswick House, have been following since September 2008. In 2012 the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use and it focuses on how children learn and what adults can do to encourage the learning.
It sets out:-
The EYFS is founded upon four important principles:
The EYFS identifies 3 Prime Areas of Learning and Development and 4 Specific Areas:
Members of staff use ongoing observations of the children to monitor how each one is developing and they use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences for the children in all seven areas of learning and development.
Within each area of learning there are Early Learning Goals (ELG's), which most children will be expected to reach by the end of their Reception year. When the children are aged between 24 and 36 months, a short written summary of their progress in the three prime areas is provided. This Progress Check at Age Two is important as it will help to identify if their are any areas, in which a child may be developing at a faster or slower pace than the expected level of progress for their age. If a child's progress in any prime area gives cause for concern, additional support for the child may be considered.
The framework ensures that all children are included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability and have access to a range of learning and play activities and materials.
Just ask a member of staff if you would like a full (8-page) version of the Parents' Guide to the EYFS. Further information can be downloaded from the Deptartment of Education website.