Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) became mandatory from September 2008  for all schools and Early Years providers in Ofsted registered settings attended by young children.

This framework aims to ensure a consistent approach to care, learning and development within the early years by setting the standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five.

It is therefore important that we as a Childcare Provider work towards implementing the EYFS to the very best of our ability in order to ensure the very best practice in our Montessori Nursery setting.

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Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage

A Unique Child

Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.  

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. This principle is about the children learning to manage their feelings and build friendships. 

Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. The EYFS acknowledges the critical importance of both the emotional and the physical environment. Practitioners working alongside the children will be able to see the environment from the child’s point of view and reflect on the possibilities that it has to offer.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.The EYFS affirms that young children learn best through carefully planned, play based experiences that start with their strengths, interests and capabilities. It acknowledges that young children are active learners and that they need opportunities to explore and make sense of the world, supported by knowledgeable, interested and sensitive adults.

 

  • The above four principles relates to how the children develop: they are all different, but should be treated equally. Positive relationships and good communication are vital. The children need to learn about risks and safety, how to make good choices, and how to stick to boundaries. They do best when their all their physical and emotional needs are met.

 

  • At our Montessori Nursery the Adults listens to the child and love and respect their ideas. More so important is to be able to hear what the child has to say. By respecting each child we trust in their ability to learn in a well prepared environment. Right from the start we gather as much information as possible about a child including their likes and dislikes, we also collect information about a child’s routine at home, we use this to facilitate the Child’s settling-in period at nursery.

 

  • Home Visits are carried out for children under twos. Parents are also invited to visit the Nursery with their child shortly before they start, to enable them to meet all the staff and in particular their child's key worker, the key worker will help the new child settle in and become familiar with the Nursery.

 

  • We respect all kinds of families and aim to develop a positive two-way relationship with parents. We support, listen to and work with the children to help them learn.

 

  • The Roles and Responsibilities of the Key Person “Each child in our setting must be assigned a key person a key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents.” EYFS handbook” .

 

  • At our Montessori Nursery sensitive and responsive adult relationships helps the young child to settle well in a secure, trustworthy base for learning. The child can greatly benefit from their relationships with the key person if the relationship has a good mix of warmth and discipline.Today's research leaves no doubt that secure relationships are essential to early childhood education and care, a fact that Dr. Montessori recognized a hundred years back.

 

  • Our montessori environment is full of inspiration, with ideas for learning that will capture the child’s imagination?

 

  • Our montessori environment enable children to be independent and make their own choices of materials and resources?

 

  • There quiet spaces where children can ponder and play as well as larger open spaces for them to test their new physical skills?

 

  • When the environment is right, there is a contagious sparkle in the air, the children are deeply engaged in their learning and practitioners’ confidence soars as they are free to support each child constructively on their learning journey.

 

  • Learning and Development principle recognise that all areas of learning are interconnected and that while children will need to be taught new skills, these should always be balanced by opportunities for them to independently apply, practice and consolidate their new learning through a richly resourced environment, inside and out.

 

  • We always place the child firmly at the heart of the learning experience and use an informed approach to supporting children’s learning and development, gained through observational assessment and genuine partnerships with parent.
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