EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage

 
A child’s learning and development is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage, which became law from September 2008, and was most recently updated in April 2017. A parents guide to the EYFS can be found here.

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The learning and development offered by Chestnut Playgroup helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

The learning and development reflects the three prime areas of the EYFS:

Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

 

These prime areas are applied and strengthened by four specific areas:

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measurements.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of the physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.







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