The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework which guides the care and education for children from the age of 0 to the end of their 5th year. It is followed within nursery and will continue through Pre School to the end of your child’s reception year in main stream school.
Each child has a Learning Journey which begins when they start Nursery and contains information about your child’s development within the seven areas of learning. Once your child finishes Pre School with us, we pass on this Learning Journey to your child’s school. The Learning Journey contains observations and photographs, and despite being and important insight into your child’s development, it is also a lovely diary of all the activities and happy memories created whilst in our care.
Activities in Pre School are varied. On a day to day basis these activities include baking, arts and crafts, story and circle times, music and rhythm time, PE, play dough and sand and water, as well as outdoor time. In Spring the children often plant seeds, and are involved in caring for and observing the seeds turn into flowers, fruit or vegetables which we are sometimes able to taste. We have also made soups and smoothies with the children to have at snack time. On a cold Winter’s day, they may play outside in the snow then come inside to investigate how ice melts, and which kinds of animals and wildlife can be found in winter. The children follow various topics according to their interests, and celebrate a variety of special days and festivals including Chinese New Year, Easter, Bonfire Night and Christmas. Whatever the time of year, there is always something fun and exciting being celebrated or investigated in our Pre School!
Throughout your child’s time in pre school, practitioners will support and enhance children’s learning and development as well as preparing them for Reception in a range of ways, including:
- Promoting children’s self confidence, enabling to ask for what they would like and voice their opinions.
- Encouraging social skills such as sharing, turn taking and joining in with other children’s play.
- Asking and encouraging children to focus for longer periods of time; this will vary according to each child’s personality as some may manage a few minutes, and others will manage longer. The length of time does not matter, what is important is that they begin to realise there is an expectation to do this.
- Listening to each other in group times — we help them to do this in various ways, often through a circle time activity.
- Looking after their own belongings, hanging coats, etc.
- Putting on their own shoes, socks, etc.
- Managing their personal care — using the toilet, washing and drying their hands.
- Managing mealtimes appropriately, for example, pouring themselves a drink, setting the table, serving themselves from the main dish.
Caring for their environment — helping to tidy resources, replacing toys in the right place, finding and choosing the resources they want.