Early Years Foundation Stages

Provision of the Early Years Foundation Stages
1.       Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stages begin from birth.  Children aged between three and five are constantly encountering new experiences and seeking to understand them in order to extend their skills. The Early Years Foundation Stages outlines early learning goals which most children are expected to achieve by the end of their reception class year at school.
The six areas of learning are as follows:
– Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
– Physical development
– Creativity
– Knowledge and understanding of the world
– Communication, language and literacy
– Personal social and emotional development.
2.    Planning

The six areas of learning will provide the basis for our planning.
a)  Each term the nursery decides which topics will be covered throughout the term; the planning and activities will also be shaped and initiated by the children’s interests. Parents are advised of the areas that are intended to be covered by way of the notice boards and newsletters and are encouraged to help their child to find items from home to support the topics/shapes and colours being studied.

b)  The topics are then broken down to show which activities will be offered to cover each of the six areas of learning.  The plans for the activities may be shown as a spider chart or in some other form to enable ideas to be discussed, selected and sorted.

c)  The activities are then broken down again into weekly and daily lesson plans to show which goals are being encouraged from the six areas of learning.

d)  To give an idea of how the nursery provides for the foundation stages and some of the learning outcomes that are encouraged a few examples are given in the table, please click on link. Learning Outcomes
3. Learning through Play
Our toys, resources and activities help to encourage the development of children in different areas so that even when children seem to be just playing they are learning at the same time.  All the toys and activities put out at Little Elms have been planned to cover certain areas of a child’s development within the Early Years Foundation Stage as shown above. During the nursery session, the staff present the activities/ equipment to the children to encourage the planned learning outcome. The children are observed continuously and the information gained to assess each child’s development against the predicted ages of attainment.