Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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The revised framework was introduced in September 2012 with further changes taking effect from September 2014.

Its aim is to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to learn and develop through high quality play experiences allowing them to be inquisitive, imaginative and experimental empowering them to lead their own play and learning.

Play is essential for children development, children learn through play which helps them to grow in confidence, support decision making and understanding and overcoming problems.

At Shepperton Organic Day Nursery we provide a balance of child and adult initiated purposeful activities taking into account children’s interests and developmental stages.

The Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
The EYFS is separated into 7 key areas.

The 3 prime areas are :-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    Shepperton Organic Day Nursery ensure that children feel secure, valued and eager to learn, whilst developing respectfor others and an understanding of appropriate behaviour.
  • Physical Development
    We encourage young children to be active and interactive; helping to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement and as they get older, aware of their own self care encouraging independence. We also teach children to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy food choices.
  • Communication & Language
    Children learn to be good communicators and staff lay down early skills for them to become confident writers, thinkers and readers by providing good role modelling and lots of opportunities to talk and hear language through story telling and song as well as resources to explore early mark making.

and the 4 specific areas are:-

  • Mathematics
    We encourage children learn to use maths in a practical way; they work things out by using shapes, counting and measuring.
  • Understanding the World
    Staff at Shepperton Organic Day Nursery help children to make sense of the world by investigating and exploring and supporting pretend play.
  • Literacy
    Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. The Nursery offers children access to an extensive range of reading materials and enthusiastic staff to foster interest in the written word/books from a young age.
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    By providing resources which allow children to explore using different materials and media they can express their original ideas through activities such as messy play, music and movement and role play                                                                                    

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