Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) looks at the stages of development from birth to the end of the child’s first year in school (reception year). These years see the greatest growth and learning for your child.
The EYFS is based on 4 overarching principles which shape good practice in a child’s early years, These are as follows:
A Unique Child
Every child is a unique. They are consistently learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in environments where their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and yourself as a parent and/or carer.
The framework covers the education and care of your child within the early years setting, including children with additional needs.
So what does this mean for you and your child?
The EYFS supports childcare practitioners to provide play experiences that enable your child to expand their knowledge and skills to support their individual learning and development in their early years. As practitioners we recognise your child’s strengths and the areas they may need additional support with. This support may come from within the nursery or from other professionals.
It is important for your child to feel safe and secure in their surroundings, this is aided by having a ‘Key Person’ within the setting who will get to know you and your child well and build a strong and interactive relationship with you both. Your child’s key person is based in your child’s specific room and spends quality time with their key children as individuals and in their group. If your child’s key person is unavailable other practitioners in the room will be able to support you and your child as they will also have a good relationship with you both.
The activities and experiences that we provide for your child will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals in the following 7 areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
Here at K8Z Cheeky Monkeyz Nursery and Creche we recognise that learning and development are important from birth. The 7 areas within the EYFS are all of equal importance, however for children under 3 years old the Prime Areas are our focus. These 3 Prime Areas support your child’s initial skills and give them the basis to develop in the 4 Specific areas when in our Pre-School setting. Our staff are trained towards the highest qualifications in Early Years and use this knowledge and their experience to provide planned activities and projects. We extend your child’s learning through these and your involvement is of the highest importance to achieve this.
In partnership with you as parents, a key person assigned to your child will to plan future activities and projects which relate to children’s current interests, needs and the world around them. This will help develop their independence and life skills for their future. Your child has will development file that includes an individual plan where we record observations, place photographs and other information that is kept as an on-going record of their developmental journey. As a commitment to your child it is important that we regularly meet and discuss your child’s progress and look towards their future next steps.
Here at K8Z’s Cheeky Monkeyz, we are happy to announce that we have recently started using ‘Tapestry’.
Tapestry is an easy-to-use and secure online learning journal which allows our staff and families celebrate their children’s learning and development. Tapestry allow us to directly communicate with parents to show a very special record of your child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their early years at K8Z’s Cheeky Monkeyz.
To learn more about ‘Tapestry’ please click here.
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What the Parents Say
The staff at Cheeky Monkeys are amazing, very friendly and fantastic with the children. As a full time mum it's difficult to leave your child in someone else's care but my daughter loves going in the nursery due to the strong relationship developed with staff. Attending the nursery has developed my daughter both educationally as well as her social development, she now enjoys making new friends and taking part in the many different activities the nursery offers.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to "K8s Cheeky Monkeyz" the staff are very enthusiastic about their children's learning through fun. You can always guarantee the children will have a busy day here with practical learning. The environment is bright, happy and safe, my twins love coming to nursery and any other events held by the manager Katie Forster. The manager and owner Katie is very passionate about inspiring the children to develop into happy, well mannered and positive little beings. Thank you guys for all your support and motivation!
I have no idea how I stumbled across Cheeky Monkeyz but I'm so glad I did. Having tried several 'holiday clubs' which involved nothing more than the kids being in a room all day, and none of which my son enjoyed, Katie's club is absolutely amazing! The WOW factor is definitely the swimming activities and Isaak loves the time he spends with Katie and her staff so much that he would rather go there than for me to take days off work! All the staff know all the children well, their likes and dislikes and what makes them tick. Ideally all parents would love to spend the school holidays with their kids but for most people that's just not possible; this is definitely the next best thing.