Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
What is the EYFS?
The Early Years Foundation Stage is what the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.
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. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care learning and needs.
Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and child minders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
What is the EYFS Framework?
The EYFS framework gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children. The EYFS Framework gives dads and mums confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.
More information on the EYFS is displayed within the nursery or available on request.
Each child is assigned a key person when they start in our nursery. This is a member of staff who has special responsibilities for working with your child, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with you as parents/carers. Your child’s key person will:
- Help your child to become familiar with the setting and to feel safe and confident.
- Talk to you to make sure the needs of your child are being met appropriately.
- Makes sure that records of development and progress are kept up to date and shared with you and other professionals as necessary.
- Have the responsibility for creating the atmosphere in which your child can thrive.
You can have access to your child’s information at any time and can discuss any areas that you would like us to work on within our setting. If you would like to have a meeting with your child’s key person, then again, please do ask. Any decisions about your child or changes in the way we are supporting them will be discussed with you.
All children have a daily diary, this is completed by their key person and it informs you about your child’s day. It is also an opportunity for you to let us have your comments too.
Policies and Procedures
Here at Heaton Park View Nursery we comply with current legislation by having policies and procedures which are regularly reviewed and updated. All parents/carers have access to these policies and procedures which are displayed in the entrance hall and are available on request. Our Parent reps review the policies and procedures so if you wish to add any comments or change aspects of them please speak to the Parent reps or Amy, Nursery Manager.
Any comments or suggestions regarding the policies and procedures are welcomed.