Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

At Parkside Pre-School we know that you are the most important person in your child’s life. From you they will achieve their first steps in language and communication, develop their physical skills and become social and develop friendships. We are here to support you and your child and it is important for us to work together to help your child develop to their full potential in the early years. For you this means the opportunity to share information about your child’s growth and development both at home and at Pre-School. This will be through observations and discussions and reviewing your child’s development on a regular basis.

If your child attends more than one setting, including a child minder, we would like to work with them to discuss your child’s development.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) looks at the stages of development from birth to the end of the child’s first year in school (reception year). These years see the greatest growth and learning for your child.

The EYFS is based on 4 overarching principles which shape good practice in early years settings:

A Unique Child

Every child is unique. They are consistently learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling environments

Children learn and develop well in environments where their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and yourself as a parent and/or carer.

Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates

The framework covers the education and care of your child within the early years setting, including children with additional needs.

So what does this mean for you and your child?

The EYFS supports practitioners to provide play experiences that enable your child to expand their knowledge and skills to support their individual learning and development in their early years. As Pre-School staff we recognise your child's strengths and areas they may need additional support with. This support may come from within the Pre-School or from other professionals.

It is important for your child to feel secure in their surroundings, this is aided by having a 'Key Person' within the setting who will get to know you and your child well and build a strong and interactive relationship with you both. As we are a small team, we do like you and your child to build the same relationship with all the adults.

The activities and experiences that we provide for your child will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals in the following 7 areas

Prime Areas
Communication and language
Physical Development
Personal, social and emotional development
Specific Areas
Understanding the World
Expressive Art and Design

In partnership with parents we will use our observations to plan future activities and projects which relate to children’s current interests, needs and the world around them. This will help develop their independence and life skills for their future.

Your child has an individual learning journey where we record observations, photos and any other evidence collected. You as parents can collect evidence to add to your child’s Learning Journey by way of 'Wow moments from home.' As a commitment to your child it is important that we regularly meet and discuss your child’s progress and look towards their future next steps.

This is the link for What to expect when a parent's guide. The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

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What our parents say:
Pxxxx has had a great year at Parkside Pre-School and loved every minute of it, she has made lots of friends and lovely memories. Thank you for the care and attention you have given Pxxxx and helped her to learn and grow and become a more confident little girl.
Mr & Mrs B
Exxxx has picked up many lovely traits from you. I feel confident she is ready for her next challenge at school. Congratulations on creating such a wonderful Pre-School, it’s a real asset to the area and I feel lucky Exxxx got to experience it.
Mr & Mrs S
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