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The Government guidelines for childrens early education is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This was introduced in September 2008 and revised in 2012. This applies to all children and supports inclusion, as the focus is on the individual child's interests and abilities. At Dawn to Dusk Day Nursery we have a Key Person approach where the key person observes and plans for the child's next stage of development, working from the guidelines of the EYFS.
We will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS which ensures 'All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.! (The Early Years Foundation Stage, DFES, 2007)
The EYFS has significant importance placed against planning for the children's needs and abilities and shows this through: Look, Listen and Note. Our staff regularly observe the children at play and document the child's interests, which are then used to create planning.
In order to ensure our planning for the child is effective we work in close contact with parents. This provides us with the whole picture of the child's interests as it includes their home life.
From the key persons observations, we are able to introduce possible lines of development and plan activities to extend the child's learning. Whilst we do group activities, we plan for individual children and always keep a flexible approach to learning.
The EYFS contains 7 areas of learning and development.
The seven areas of learning are: (followed by the aspects within the area)
1. Personal, social and emotional development
2. Physical Development
2. Communication and language
6. Understanding the World
7. Expressive Art & Design
These areas of learning are developed and accessed by the children through a play based curriculum. Children are not formally taught, they learn through play based experiences were they can revisit ideas and extend them with the support of the staff. Some of our activities are adult lead and these experiences are designed to scaffold children's learning further. Most experiences are child initiated and play develops through the children's interests.
Dawn to Dusk provide individual portfolios for each child including observations photographs and artwork, all of which can be viewed by parents at any time. Parents are welcomed to discuss their child's development with their key person or member of Management.
Curriculum - Early Years Foundation Stage