Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the description used by the government and early years professionals to describe the time in your child’s life between birth and 5 Years. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

The framework exists to support all professionals in early years. It sets out;

  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep you child safe and promote their welfare.
  • The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.
  • Expected levels (Early Learning Goals) that your child should reach at age 5.

Day by day, your child will be learning skills and acquiring new knowledge. We use these seven areas of learning and development to help your child demonstrate their understanding. The seven areas are split into 3 Prime areas (Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, social and emotional development), and 4 Specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world, and Expressive arts & design).

At Junior's day nursery your child’s “keyperson” will use these 7 areas to plan your child’s learning and activities. The framework is designed to be flexible to incorporate your child’s unique needs and interests. Under the EYFS, children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and out.

Your child’s keyperson will produce a profile for your child that is available for you to view at any time, although at Junior's, twice a year we hold parents evenings for you to view the file and discuss your child’s development.

Forest School

As long ago as the 1700's Frobel recognised the importance of children developing as unique individuals and the importance of the outdoor environment influencing the way children learn. The philosophy of forest school is to inspire children, through regular, positive outdoor experiences and achievable tasks. Children develop social and emotional skills as well as reflective approaches, developing confidence and self esteem.

At Junior’s each week the children will be taken to the orchard areas for around a two hour session, they will be encouraged to learn about boundaries and how to stay safe in the environment, and about various elements of taking risks. There will be a range of activities encouraging imagination, small achievable tasks, team work, trust and self initiated learning. We aim to have tea or a snack outside where we will reflect the activities of the session.

Activities are flexible and will suit lots of different learning styles. Building shelters and dens, imaginative- "homes for little people," group games, nature hunts and walks, collecting and sorting leaves, "mud faces," listening games, memory games, lots of opportunities for children to contribute to their own learning - and lots of FUN!