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  • EYFS and US

    “Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in it’s own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services they want to know the provision will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance.”
    The Early Years Foundation Stage 2008.


    The main aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being.

    We as a nursery allow the children to achieve these outcomes by;

    Setting the standards: for learning and development. We ensure that all children within the setting experience new things outside their family home, this will ensure that every child makes progress and that not child is left behind.

    Providing for equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice: we ensure that every child is included and are not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability.

    Creating the framework for partnership working: all the staff that work within Fernhurst work in partnership with parents, outside agencies and other professionals to ensure that each and every child is meeting all five outcomes of the Every Child Matters.

    Improving quality and consistency: we are constantly updating our nursery policies ensuring that they meet EYFS requirements and improving the quality of planning and education we give to all children ensuring they are learning and developing.

    Laying a secure foundation for future learning: through learning and developing that is planned around the needs of the individual needs and interests of each child we are ensuring that each child’s future learning will continue, and this is recorded and informed by the use of ongoing observational assessments.

    Children’s learning and development is very important to us at Fernhurst and we would like to give all children within nursery the best start in life.

    Throughout the nursery year we cover various topics which are an overall focus for learning that term, we organize activities which will be ongoing through the topic. However we do not plan activities, as the children plan the activities for us. At Fernhurst Court we plan around the needs of the child and ensure that we are meeting their individual needs.

    Children learn in their own individual way and we as practitioners allow this learning to flow throughout nursery ensuring that children are playing and exploring. As children’s play reflects their wide range and varied interests and preoccupations. When children are playing they are learning at their highest level, also encouragement to play with others as this is also important to their individual development.

    Through various continuous provision throughout the day, we encourage active learning. Children learn best when they are being challenged through physical and mental tasks. Active learning involves other people, objects, ideas and events that will engage the child for sustained periods of time, however these tasks are made challenging but also achievable which will allow the child to gain a sense of achievement when they have done the tasks or activity. Children have the opportunities to play with ideas in different situations and with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things. Adult support is given when needed as this will enhance their ability to think critically and ask questions.

    The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is made up of seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are connected to one another and are equally important. All areas of learning development are underpinned by the principles of the EYFS. The areas within the EYFS are: Personal, Social and emotional development, Communication and Language and Physical (Prime Areas). Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design (Specific Areas).

    Each area of learning and development is divided into aspects and we as practitioners are ensuring that each child has the appropriate experiences and are supported through having a positive relationship and ensuring the environment is suitable for learning. We practitioners are ensuring that we are working in relation to the seven areas as all areas together make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for babies and children as they grow, learn and develop.

    We as practitioners ensure that children’s learning and development occur as an outcome of their interests and abilities and when planning for learning and development this is taken into account.

    How we as a nursery provide for the seven areas:

    Prime areas.

    Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

    We ensure that children are provided with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense for themselves and of others, respect for others, social skills, and a positive disposition to learn. We ensure that we support children’s emotional well-being to help them selves and what they can do. We encourage children to express their own ideas and feelings, such as joy, sadness, frustration and fear as this can develop new strategies to cope with new and challenging situations. We plan activities that promote emotional, moral, spiritual and social development, we provide experiences that will help children to develop autonomy and a disposition to learn and we support when needed and we have a structured approach to vulnerable children and those with particular behavioural or communication difficulties to help them achieve successful Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

    Communication and Language.

    We support children’s learning and competence, in speaking, listening, attention and their understanding.. Children are provided with the opportunity and encourage to use their skills in a range of situations and purposes and we support them in developing the confidence to do this. All children learn best through activities and experiences that engage all the sense. Music, dance and rhymes and songs support language development, we provide lots of opportunities throughout the day for children to sing and dance. We give daily opportunities to share and enjoy a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. We show particular awareness of, and sensitivity to, the needs of children learning English as an additional language. We use their home language when appropriate and ensure close partnership with parents. We also identify and respond to any particular difficulties in children’s language development at an early stage to ensure that we can work with and support children to achieve this area of development.

    Physical Development.

    The physical development of babies and young children is encouraged throughout nursery both indoors and outdoors. We encourage this through provision which offers them to be active and interactive and improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. This is encouraged very much within the outdoor play area using a variety of resources. We support all children in using their senses to learn about the world around them and make connections between new information and what they already know. We support them in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity. Babies and children within nursery are given the opportunity to be active and physical development takes place through all areas of learning and development.


    We ensure that children are provided with a various range of books, from fiction to fact to support the child’s literacy development. Every room has stories and the children can access these at all times. The children are encouraged to handle the books correctly and listen to the stories, joining in when the stories are familiar with them. The nursery also supports the children’s literacy development through our Pre-School Reading Scheme. Each pre-school child has an opportunity to read daily with a staff member and also we encourage parent’s to read to their child by sending the books home. Opportunities are provided for the children to draw and write using a wide range of resources, giving meaning to the marks they make. Within nursery, phonics is carried out using rhyming songs to encourage the children to recognize sounds of letters, leading on to spelling words as they get older.


    Children are given challenges that are achievable, but are supported in developing an understanding of problem solving in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about their learning. Opportunities are ongoing for the children to practice these skills and gain confidence. Babies and children are provided with patterns, numbers and counting, sorting and matching, shape, space and measuring as their development happens when the children are seeking out these experiences. We promote mathematical development throughout the day within all activities for example; counting animals, doing puzzles and jigsaws, help set table for meal times, playing in the water, building towers and playing outdoors. We also ensure that mathematical resources are readily available both indoors and outdoors which allows children to have the opportunity to measure and distance and discover things about shapes within their physical play. 

    Understanding of the World.

    Children are supported in understanding the world around them and are given experiences to explore the environment. Their learning is supported by providing them with the opportunities to use a range of tools safely, encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their environment and in real life situations an undertake practical experiments and work with a range of materials. Babies and children find out about the world through exploration and all the activities provided allows each child to do so. We provide activities based on first-hand experiences that encourage exploration, experimentation, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion. We teach skills and knowledge in the context of practical skills such as baking, learning about liquids and solids etc. We also support children using a range of ICT equipment which include cameras, CD players, tape recorders and programmable toys. We also give children information which challenges cultural, racial, social and gender stereotypes.

    Expressive arts and design.

    Children’s creativity is extended throughout the provision by offering them opportunities to explore their curiosity, exploration and play. All children are born creative and within nursery we nurture their creativity by offering them opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings, for example, through a variety of art and craft activities, music and movement, dance, imaginative and role play activities, mathematics and design and technology. Creativity is about letting the children take risks and make connections and is very much linked strongly with play. Creativity involves children in initiating their own learning and making choices and decisions, children respond to what they see, hear and experience through their sense are individual and the way they represent their experiences in unique and valuable. We also value what children do and children’s own ideas rather than expecting them to reproduce someone else’s picture, dance or model. Children are individuals and we believe that their creative work represents who they are as an individual and with this we allow children to express and represent themselves through a wide range of types of representation.