Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
At Tiny Town Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is developed in the UK and applies to children from birth to five years old, when they reach the end of their reception year. We greatly value the important role that the EYFS plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. However, we also believe that the EYFS is important in its own right, and plays an integral role in preparing children for life and not simply the next stage in their education.
In the EYFS, children learn best through carefully planned, developmentally appropriate, play-based activities. Through play, children explore and make sense of their world. They practice new skills, build and construct their understanding, and have the opportunity to think creatively.
They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems, discuss and negotiate plans, and learn about the how to manage their behaviour. They become independent learners and thinkers.We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which will enable each child to fulfill their potential. All children begin school with a wide range of skills, and having experienced many different learning opportunities. It is the privilege of teachers working in Tiny Town Nursery to support children as they build upon their prior knowledge. It is essential that parents/carers, teaching assistant and the teacher work effectively together to scaffold children’s learning and development.
None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are all of equal importance and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult- led and child-initiated play activities. Within each of these areas are stepping stones which show the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children need to learn during the EYFS in order to achieve the Early Learning Outcomes by the end of their reception year. The curriculum will be planned termly by themes lasting a maximum of 6 weeks. Examples: People who help us; All about me; Space
Observation is the most valuable assessment tool available to teachers in the EYFS. Teachers make observations of children engaged in child-initiated play; these might be on stickers or through taking photographs. They then use these observations to make links between what they see in the EYFS Profile. Assessments are also used to ensure that future planning reflects the individual interests and needs of the children in the class.All of the observations collected over the year are filed into individual children’s Learning Journey books. Children’s progress between one term and the next is monitored and measured against the EYFS outcomes to ensure that each child is reaching their full potential