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How we look after and develop your child


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Revised in September 2012


The EYFS sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth up to 5 years of age.


Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and Language


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts


Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, though creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. The learning experiences that practitioners plan will be suited to your child’s unique needs and interests.


For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage please sees our EYFS information board or download full guidance atwww.foundationyears.org.uk


When your child is 2

Between the age of 24 months and 36 months your child’s key person must give you a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning. This is called the progress check at age 2.

This check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and where they may need some extra help or support. You will be invited to comment on the progress check and you may find it useful to share the check with your health visitor


How do you plan for my child’s learning?

Our staff members are trained to plan for children’s individual learning needs.

Staff will observe their key children and identify strengths, development needs and interests and build on these through weekly plans. We encourage you to contribute to these plans through verbalising observations or by contributing towards your child’s learning journey. The learning journey enables you to record observations on your children at home or in various situations. Your child’s Key Person can use these to identify areas of learning, and use this information to extend your child’s learning at nursery. Short term plans for the children are on display in each base room. If you are interested in knowing more about the way in which we plan for your child’s learning please make an appointment with a your child’s key worker.


How do you assess my child’s learning?

Your child’s Key Person is responsible for completing a ‘moving on’ profile, this contains an Individual Development map (IDM), observations and a learning journey. This is an assessment of your child’s progress and allows staff to record achievements against the seven areas of learning outlined under the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This also helps staff to understand how your child needs to be supported and enables them to share information with you about your child’s progress. The IDM’s are generally introduced to you and discussed with you at parent information events. If you wish to see your child’s moving on profile at any other time please ask the Room Leader to arrange this. IDM’s must not be removed from the nursery. If your child attends another nursery or childcare provision it is important that we are made aware of this so we can share information and assessments with your child’s other key carers.

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