" Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world. "
- Nelson Mandela
What is the EYFS?
At Little Wonders, we embed the use of the EYFS to direct and support teachers to ensure that rich learning opportunities occur. The EYFS approach is centred around seven key areas of learning as follows:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Each area is divided into further sections to provide a holistic framework of development to build from, covering concepts such as speaking, listening, understanding, health and self care, self-confidence, managing feelings and making relationships to name a few.
Each age and developmental stage has a framework to shape the activities and learning from to help the children to work towards.
This can be viewed in the development matters document attached.
We assess children's development through morning circle times, focused activities, regular observations and on-going discussions with other key adults and parents to gain a rounded understanding of each individual child.
EYFS Statutory Framework:
Development Matters Assessment Framework:
The purpose of an effective continuous provision is to offer children a constant environment that is safe for them to explore whilst challenging their learning. It should allow children the freedom to explore and become independent in making choices within the open space.
The space provides opportunities for children to engage in; role-play, number, mark making, writing, creative activities, book corner, water and sand play, construction, small world and sensory activities.
The planning from each week provides key staff members the opportunity to engage in focused activities within the continuous provision space. This may be in areas like creative, maths or writing. This is to support different children in gaining further skills in these areas. It also allows staff an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of each child's progress and development.
At the beginning of the day, each key person enjoys a period of time with their key group. This is where they may read stories, sing songs, discuss different topics, play games and learn new skills.
Within the older key groups at Little Wonders, children are exposed to the concept of phonics to support early reading and writing. They will also engage in different maths activities to promote counting, simple addition and number correspondence and recognition.