Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.
A secure, safe and happy environment and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are known as the prime areas of learning
Four areas are known as the specific areas of learning
Early Learning Goals
The level of development children should be expected to have attained by the end of the EYFS is defined by the early learning goals (ELG’s). The ELG’s within the 7 areas of learning are as follows
1. Communication and Language
ELG – Listening, Attention and Understanding
ELG – Speaking
2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
ELG – Self Regulation
ELG – Managing Self
ELG – Building Relationships
3. Physical Development
ELG – Gross Motor Skills
ELG – Fine Motor Skills
ELG – Comprehension
ELG – Word Reading
ELG – Writing
ELG – Number
ELG – Numerical Patterns
6. Understanding the World
ELG – Past and Present
ELG – People, Culture and Communities
ELG – The Natural World
7. Expressive Arts and Design
ELG – Creating with Materials
ELG – Being Imaginative and Expressive
Teachers must consider the individual needs, interests and development of each child and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all areas of learning and development. The forest school, church and local community are also used to enhance the quality of teaching and provide unique first hand learning experiences throughout the school.
‘staff plan activities and learning opportunities to match children’s needs and interests. Children make good progress from their starting points, developing skills including early reading, writing and mathematics ‘
Ofsted Inspection Report December 2017