WHAT IS THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) begins from birth for any children who attend a nursery, pre-school, or are cared for by a childminder. As they join our Early Years, they continue to be part of the EYFS until the end of the Reception year.
THE FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM
The curriculum content is presented in a way that is appropriate to how very young children learn. It includes adult-directed and child selected activities and is closely monitored to ensure that your child takes advantage of the broad curriculum that is offered to them. We aim to ensure that your child has access to a positive, motivating and secure environment in which to develop their skills.
The Foundation Stage area provides stimulating, exciting and well-organised resources for your child to use and explore at their own pace. The resources are easily accessible and presented in areas, which are referred to as Continuous Provision areas.
The following Continuous Provision areas are provided:
Play is an effective and valuable approach to learning and children put a great deal of effort into it. They often become absorbed and display high levels of concentration. Through their exploration, experimentation and discovery, various concepts are developed and formed. The curriculum is therefore planned and adapted to fit the needs, interests and learning styles of the children.
WAYS OF HELPING YOUR CHILD TO BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT
Your child’s first task is to become independent. A class teacher may have 28 children all wanting help with dressing and undressing at the same time. This is not just a problem at P.E times, but every playtime and lunchtime.
Please bear this in mind when choosing items of clothing for your child. Always look for simple fastening, especially shoes (e.g. Velcro rather than laces).
There are so many things you can do to prepare young children for pre-school. Many things you will have been doing automatically from birth, but the next few pages give details of activities, which pre-school children particularly enjoy.
From a very early age, children enjoy having books – to look at themselves and to have stories read from.
So many opportunities arise when it is possible to extend a child’s vocabulary and understanding of our language, not only on special outings but also in the home where daily routines are carried out.
Your child may want to learn to write his/her name before they come to school. If you want to teach him/her please use small letters, not capitals (except at the beginning of the name of course e.g. Rebecca, John). Children must be shown the correct letter formation from the very beginning otherwise bad habits form.
Please see attached handwriting policy and letter formation sheet, this is the letter formation we use in school.
After your child has settled into pre-school, we will begin to focus on the teaching of Phase 1 phonics.
At Chantlers, we teach synthetic phonics using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, when ready.
Most parents begin preparing their children to be receptive to the concepts of number without realising it. They point out things, which are the same and therefore go together (sorting), for example, a pair of socks or two red flowers and things that match such as a cup and saucer or knife and fork. These concepts must be understood before any formal number of work can be introduced. Counting is great fun for young children but they must grasp the idea of ‘one number for one item’.
When shopping, discuss the fact that money is used to buy things but don’t worry about the value of coins at this stage. Perhaps you could save empty packets and playshops, or save used stamps and envelopes to play at Post Offices.
Children adore making things however simple the task may seem to an adult.