Play is vital for children. It is through play that young children learn, grow, gain confidence and have fun.
The EYFS helps us to provide appropriate play experiences to enable children to develop in all areas. It enables us to recognise children’s strengths and areas they may need more support to develop new skills. The activities we provide for children will prepare them to progress with confidence and underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals.
The EYFS has four themes that we follow:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and development
Under the four main themes the EYFS have identified seven areas of learning and development which are used by our nursery staff when planning and providing opportunities for your child to take part in.
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.
involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, 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.
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.
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 measures.
Understanding the world
involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the 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.