Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up’.
Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 2021
In our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we meet the needs of all of our children through a challenging and exciting provision that allows children to become independent learners. We believe that children are focused and engaged when they have a choice in their learning. Therefore, our timetables include lots of opportunities for children to ‘free flow’ and engage in play both indoors and outdoors. Through play, children are learning and developing many skills and characteristics that will support them in their education and future life. Further details of our EYFS Curriculum offer can be found in our curriculum guide attached below.
At the end of the Reception year, EYFS staff will complete an end of year profile for each child to determine whether they are emerging or expected in the seven areas of learning and development. More details on this can also be found at:
The Foundation Stage is divided into Reception (children aged 4-5 years old) and Nursery (children aged 3-4 years old)
We cover a range of exciting topics throughout the year. Our long term plans can be seen here.
Nursery Long Term Plan 2022-2023
Reception Long Term Plan 2022-2023
Staff assess the children by observing them as they interact with others and within various activities. These ongoing observations are used to inform the Foundation Stage Profile. We will consider ways to support your child to strengthen and deepen their current learning and development. The more we know about each child, the better able we are to support and extend their learning further.
During your child’s time in EYFS they will have a learning journey. We use a system called ‘Tapestry’ which is an online learning journey. This allows you to log in and see your child’s learning whenever you would like.
We feel it is important for parents to contribute too, as you know your children best. The ‘Tapestry online learning journal’ allows you to upload things that your child has done during their time away from school. This will help the children during speaking and listening sessions as they have something familiar to talk about. We also upload ‘Tapestry Challenges’ for you to complete at home with your child, which helps us in our assessments of learning.
Below are the guides in assessing Tapestry through the app and how to upload observations.
Tapestry Guide For Parents – Android Tutorial (MISSING FILE)
Tapestry Guide For Parents – IOS Tutorial (MISSING FILE)