The Early Years Foundation Stage
What is it?
A national statutory framework setting educational and care standards for children up to five years old.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The key principles of the EYFS framework:
Quality and Consistency
Quality and consistency of approach is critical so every child can make good progress in their early years
Accessible learning and development opportunities
are planned around the needs and interests of individual children, and with regular review and assessment
Working in Partnership
A positive working partnership is created between schools/early years providers, and parents/guardians that most importantly considers the needs of the child
Equality of Care and Opportunity
Children receive equal opportunity to thrive and are included and supported without discrimination.
Our Lady’s commitment to the EYFS
We implement the principles of the EYFS in the Nursery and Pre-School. As a result, parents can be confident their child receives the best care at a critical stage of their development. Above all, we recognise that every child can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
The EYFS framework helps us focus on the development and well-being of pupils:
- The Nursery and Pre-School focus on respect, inclusion, a partnership with parents/guardians, and supported learning.
- We allow children to learn in different ways and at different rates, and recognise all areas of development are equally important.
- Our teachers plan, track progress and provide continuity of care.
- We support every child’s transition to senior school education.