The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age 5. This is a crucial stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years' experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun, secure whilst supporting their development, care and learning needs.
Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes, out of school clubs, and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This provides a set of requirements that we adhere to ensure that all children who attend our provision are safe and healthy and that they are supported to learn and develop to their full potential. The EYFS requirements cover the following:
The EYFS requirements cover the following:
We believe that young children learn best through planned purposeful play. The characteristics of effective learning are;
Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.
Our continuous provision of activities and experiences provide opportunities for each of these and cover all of the seven areas of learning and development as defined in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
The three prime areas, which are important for young children are:
Communication and language
We are lucky to have access to a large and attractive outside area used for learning daily and provides ample space for physical development, including the use of trikes, scooters, balancing and den building equipment.
Children are allowed to lead their own play for a large part of the sessions. Our experienced practitioners use their judgement of when to observe, when to take part, when to model or when to lead play.
We also have a number of routine adult‐led times, these include;
Story and rhyme time ‐ children develop listening and attention, understanding, self‐confidence and reading skills.
Snack and lunchtime – children learn to follow routines and tolerate delay, they develop health and self‐care skills and physical skills
Listening/Letters and Sounds games – we use activities from the Letters and Sounds Phase One Teaching Programme
Other adult-led activities are planned according to individual children's stages of development and interests.
Regular outings enhance the children's development. These include walks around the local area, 'Praise and Play' sessions at St Cross church and a range of activities at Appleton Thorn Primary School. More occasional visits have been to the Arley Estate and catching the bus to Warrington town centre.
Appleton Thorn Pre School
Stretton Road, Appleton Thorn,