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The Early Years - September 2021

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of Reception year.

It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning.

It is the same curriculum as in pre-reception settings

It is changing from September 2021

There are seven areas of learning and development, what are they?

Prime Areas - Communication and Language

                     - Personal Social and Emotional development

                     - Physical Development

Specific Areas - Literacy

                        - Mathematics

                       - Understanding the World

                      - Expressive Arts and Design

There are 17 Early Learning Goals against which each child is assessed at the end of the Reception year. 

There are also three characteristics of effective teaching and learning

 - Playing and Exploring

 - Active Learning

 - Creating and thinking critically

These tell us about how each child learns and what they are learning.

Play is essential for children's development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

The new curriculum gives us the opportunity to spend more time interacting and playing with the children

This means that we will not be completing as many written observations and putting them on Tapestry or in a learning journal

This does mean that we will know your children very well and be able to share observations verbally with you

Developing Children's language and Vocabulary

There is a new focus on early language and extending vocabulary. We will do this by:

 - Having quality learning conversations and interactions with the children

 - Reading a range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction texts

 - Teaching new words and vocabulary

 - Sharing what we are doing with you

What can you do to help your child ?

 - Chat, play and read to and with them

 - Encourage them to be independent

 - Play board games with them