I work within the guidelines of the EYFS and write a daily diary for each child where i record what we have done, any special moments, and how each child is progressing , this is to share with the parents.
Why do you need to know about the EYFS?
The Early Years Foundation Stage will be the stage your child is in when they attend a setting or childminder's home between birth and the age of five or until the end of the Reception year at school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage encourages practitioners to plan individually for children's learning and development, including children who have particular needs and disabilities that may need additional support.
Children do best when parents and professionals work together.
It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else. Practitioners should be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child's progress.
Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others can help you to notice how well they are developing and learning.
The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.
The overarching aim of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to help young children to achieve the five Every Child Matters Outcomes of Staying Safe, Being Healthy, Enjoying and Achieving, Making a Positive Contribution and Achieving Economic Well-being.
The Early Years Foundation Stage has a principled approach. These principles are grouped into four themes.
Theme: A Unique Child
Principle: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable,confident and self assured.
Theme: Positive Relationships
Principles: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Theme: Enabling Environments
Principles: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
Theme: Learning and Development
Principle: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Personal Social and Emotional development
Children will be helped to develop a positive attitude and sense of well-being. This includes making relationships with others, learning to be self-confident, taking an interest in things, knowing what their needs are, telling the difference between right and wrong, and being independent.
Communication, Language and Literacy
This includes opportunities to speak, listen and communicate in a range of ways in different situations and for different purposes. There will be opportunities to talk with other children and adults, to share and enjoy a range of books, rhymes, music, poetry and stories. Children will be encouraged to develop writing and reading skills through lots of practical experiences.
This area of learning will help to develop children's skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. Children will gain confidence in what they can do enabling them to feel positive benefits of being healthy and active.
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Babies' and children's mathematical development occurs as they play. They will make connections, recognise patterns and relationships. Children will develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. By the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage many children will become familiar with numbers and ideas such as 'heavier than' or 'bigger', use language to compare weight, size and shape and discover ways of solving practical problems.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Young children are naturally curious. They will be encouraged to explore and find out about the world around tham and ask questions about it. Children will build with different materials and learn about everyday technology and what it is used for. They will begin to find out about past events in their lives, their families' lives and other cultures and beliefs. They will have opportunities to explore indoors and outdoors, observe, make decisions, predict, investigate and find out how things change.
Creativity is fundermental to successful learning. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. Children will be encouraged to respond in their individual ways and express their own ideas, feelings and relationships through a wide range of experiences.