Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

 

At Butterfly Nursery we base our planning around  the children's interests and our curriculum is The Early Years Foundation Stage. You can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.  The EYFS starts from birth and finishes when the child reaches the end of the Foundation year at school.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around 4 strong principles:

 

A UNIQUE CHILD

Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

 

POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships

 

ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers

  

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

 

  

 Learning and Development is split into seven areas

 

The three main areas are known as the Prime areas and are:-

 

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

 

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

 

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

 

The four remaining areas are known as Specific Areas and are:-

 

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

 

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

 

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

 

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.