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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early year’s professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and the age of five. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school, as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. At Mini Treasures nurseries we follow the EYFS Framework which meets the individual needs of all the children in our care.

 

A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Within our nurseries we recognise individual personalities, interests and learning styles and acknowledge that our children follow personal pathways in their learning and develop at different rates. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our children and families by holding a variety of events that teach our children about the lives of others within the local and wider community.

 

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

At Mini Treasures we have a key worker system in place which supports our children in building positive relationships with both adults and their peers. We provide warm and caring relationships with our children to help them feel safe and settled and work in partnership with parents to inform them on their child’s development.

 

Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents.

We create classrooms and gardens that are age appropriate and give opportunities for a wide range of planned and free play activities where our children can explore a safe and stimulating environment that values freedom of choice and independence.

 

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

At Mini Treasures we believe in the importance of children having fun and learning through play in which they learn to explore, be creative, try new things, solve problems and to safely manage risks. Achievements are celebrated and children’s work is displayed throughout our nurseries.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children play co-operatively, forming positive relationships with adults and other children. They are confident to speak in a familiar group and take account of one another’s ideas and choose resources they need for their chosen activities.

Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

 

Physical Development

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

 

Communication and Language

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

 

Literacy

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

 

Mathematics

Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns.

 

Understanding the World

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.