The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The 'Early Years Foundation Stage' (EYFS) is the stage of a child's development from birth to the end of the Reception year at school. It is based on four important principles:
A unique child
Learning and development
Play underpins all of the EYFS. Children must have the opportunity to play indoors and outdoors. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
There are three 'Prime Areas' of learning in the EYFS, that are viewed as the most essential for a child's readiness for future learning and healthy development
The Prime Areas are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
There are then four 'Specific Areas' of learning which build upon the prime areas
The Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society;
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
None of these areas of learning can be delivered in isolation from each other.
There is more information available on the EYFS at the websites below. Click on an image to be taken to the website.
EYFS at Black Firs
With this in mind we are proud of our offer here at Black Firs. We strive to ensure the environment is stimulating and the children have the freedom to use their imaginations and make connections in their play.
We follow the children's interests in the themes we develop. While the themes come from the children's ideas and play, we then bring them to life with a book.
Recent examples of this include;
an interest in Hospitals, so we used 'Dr Miaow's Big Emergency' by Sam Lloyd
an interest in Superheroes, so we used 'Michael Recycle' by Ellie Bethel
an interest in Aeroplanes, so we used 'Pigs Might Fly' by Jonathan Emmett
an interest in Princes and Princesses, so we used 'The Princess and The Pea' by Lauren Child
and an interest in Pirates, so we used 'Capitain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs' by Giles Andreae