The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stages is a framework for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.

Play is vital for children. Quite literally.
It is through play that babies and young children learn, grow and have fun.  It helps them to understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally.

By singing songs, reading together, playing games with letters and numbers, and having fun with friends gives them a head start.   That means not just a happy childhood but it also helps them with their confidence, so they can handle what life may bring them.

It is not about introducing a curriculum for young children.  Or making them read or write before they’re ready.  Quite the reverse.  It means being sure each individual child is learning through high quality play, that’s tailored to them.  So they develop at their own pace, having fun, making friends and learning as they play.  Becoming confident, secure children who, when the time comes, are better prepared for school.  Not pushed, not pressured.  But ready to reach their potential!

How does the Early Years Foundation Stage work?
The EYFS has been developed with parents, carers, early years and childcare providers and academics.  It brings together their experience in a clear, straightforward way.

The child is at the centre of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The people who work with your child will pick up on their interests and abilities, and build on them through play.

They will think for instance, about fun ways to help them develop their language skills.  About what will encourage their creativity.  About how they tackle small challenges.

All the while, they’ll make sure that each child in their care is getting the support they need, and above all is enjoying learning through play.

How do you know how your child’s doing?
Here at Ladybird Preschool we put together information on how your child is doing.  We might take photographs and describe what they have been doing during the session or week for instance.  We  maintain an online ‘Learning Journey’ called Tapestry which is updated weekly by your child’s keyworker.  This shows our observations on your child and any special pieces of artwork or writing they may have done.