At Little Me Day Nurseries we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), as set out by the Department for Education. Ofsted our governing body, use this framework when inspecting nurseries and early years settings and give gradings according to how well these guidelines have been interpreted and applied.
We use the EYFS document as a guideline to ensure that we are offering a play-based curriculum which supports all aspects of a child’s learning and development and that the needs of every individual child are met including children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and English as an Additional Language (EAL). The standards made statutory by the EYFS will reassure parents that their children will be safe and well looked after. It also emphasises the importance of working closely with parents.
In the EYFS children learn through play and learning is grouped into the areas listed below.
Our Learning & Education objectives are to help children develop the key characteristics of learning which are:
engagement in playing and exploring (finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, being willing to ‘have a go’)
motivation and active learning (being involved and concentrating, keep trying, enjoy achieving what they set out to do)
creating and thinking critically (having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things)
In order to help children develop in these areas, our staff will ensure that activities have a purposeful Intention, an engaging Implementation and a lasting Impact for children.
The “Development Matters” document demonstrates how the four themes (A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development) and the principles that inform them work together for children in the EYFS.
We use “Development Matters” as part of daily observations, assessment and planning for children. We can also use it as a guide to making best-fit summative judgements, with parents and colleagues, in relation to whether a child is showing typical development, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. We will record this information in a Learning Journal and keep parents informed of their child’s progress through handovers, parent’s evenings and nursery events.
We operate an open door policy and welcome parents to come and speak with us in the office if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development. You are also welcome to book an appointment with your child’s key carer if you would like to discuss your child’s progress in more detail.