The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework is set by the UK government’s Department for Education, and defines the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old.
It explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first, as they are most essential for their healthy development and future learning.
The three prime areas of EYFS development are:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development
As your child grows, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas:
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design
Here at Young Friends Kindergarten, we’ve developed a unique approach to delivering the EYFS; we’ve integrated the themes behind the seven prime areas into our curriculum, but added another dimension by putting the Three Pillars of Sustainability at its heart.
Source: Three pillars of sustainability: in search of conceptual origins 2017
We establish a social consciousness, with the children seeing themselves as a member of a community (whether it be their nursery pod, their family, their hometown, their country, or their global community). Caring for others and at the same time developing their own voices and nurturing their own well-being.
We encourage our children to be respectful and care for their environment as a whole and more specifically flora and fauna.
We instil an economic awareness. There is an expectation to look after resources at nursery and their environment around them and think about how we can reuse and recycle. We think about the cost to our pocket, the community, and the planet.
We follow a sustainable, natural rhythm so our flexible and child-initiated curriculum flows through the months, in-line with the growing year and seasons. Experiences are informed by the children’s interests, Schemas and needs, and what is happening in our Nature Calendar.
We celebrate the seasons, along with special days in the Nature Calendar. We also acknowledge different festivals important to our families and the local community. But we believe it is more meaningful and important for children to learn about the often forgotten messages behind these festivals – like kindness and helping each other and the planet rather than consumerism.
We post our sustainable and natural focuses on Famly (our parent communication system) so you can see what your children are going to be doing. You are welcome to join in any of our activities.
In so many ways! Even from a very young age, our children start to develop an understanding of their place in the world, and how they can make a difference. It sets the pattern for a lifetime of responsible habits that will help ensure they grow up into citizens who will benefit our planet.
It’s also amazing how much progress the children make. Our approach builds their confidence and resilience. By encouraging them to explore their own interests, and learn at a pace that suits them, we help them to develop love of learning and sense of self that will last them a lifetime.
At this age, your child’s brain is making more connections than it ever will again. The extra attention they get from our well-trained staff means that they get the most from their kindergarten experience at this crucial point in their development, and will move on to school superbly equipped to flourish.
Considering all of this, we can be sure that not only will your child reach or exceed the level of development expected by the end of the EYFS, but they’ll also have a lifelong commitment to protecting our planet.