Most parents have heard of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), but what is the EYFS and what does it really mean for your child? We find out how Toad Hall nurseries use the EYFS framework to provide the best possible learning experience for your child.
About the EYFS Framework
The EYFS framework sets the standard for care and learning for all children from birth to the end of the reception year. The EYFS ensures that all providers keep children safe and that children are encouraged to learn and develop well, are kept healthy and are ready for school. It recognizes that the early years of learning from birth up to five years old should be fun, exciting, creative and happy so that children can develop their core social and learning skills ready for school. This framework is crucial for installing a real love of learning in your child.
How does the EYFS framework help to educate your child? The EYFS framework has to be used by all nurseries, pre-schools and childminders and sets core standards and principles that all early years settings have to meet. It’s against this framework that nurseries and pre-schools are inspected.
The main EYFS objectives are to keep children safe and healthy. By providing play-based learning, your child can discover the world around them while enjoying fun and imaginative activities.
The 7 key areas of the EYFS framework
These are the 7 core areas that each early years setting has to follow:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These areas are used by nurseries and pre-schools to plan your child’s play-based activities. The EYFS framework is like a curriculum for the early years to help structure learning and activities, except that it’s designed to be very flexible so that your child’s key worker and staff can be led by each child’s interests.
Why is the EYFS important for parents?
The EYFS framework can give you confidence that your child is kept safe and that they will also receive the same core structure of learning and early years education wherever they are. It’s also a great way to find out how your child is progressing in their learning and to find out which activities they enjoy most. Finally, the EYFS is all about promoting a love of learning through play and having fun, so parents can feel confident that their children will be happy as they learn.
How do Toad Hall use the EYFS framework in daily learning?
Toad Hall go above and beyond the requirements of the standard EYFS framework. By developing fun and innovative learning experiences for children, Toad Hall have become market leaders in ensuring the safety of the children, their healthy nutrition and welfare.
These are just some examples of how Toad Hall is using exciting and creative programmes as part of the EYFS framework:
- Encouraging a love of expressive arts, imaginative play and music with Lucy Sparkles
- Let’s Get Physical – helping children with physical development
- Magical Maths – developing early mathematical skills and making numeracy fun
The EYFS framework creates a fun and play-based structure to help your child develop a real love of learning in their early years. Toad Hall are passionate about giving children the very best in exciting and imaginative learning experiences so that they can reach their full potential.