EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework for all nursery and education settings, who care for children from birth to 5 years.

The main focus is to ensure that children learn through play, focusing on their interests, considering their needs and their stages of devlopment.

The EYFS is split into four themes:

     A unique child

     Positive Relationships

     Enabling Environments

     Learning and Development

These four themes are the key principals that underpin effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children.

A Unique Child

"Every child is a competent learner from birth, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured"

Positive Relationships

"Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and / or a key person"

Enabling Environments

"The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning."

Learning and Development

"Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

The six areas of learning are:

- Personal, Social and Emotional

- Communication, Language and Literacy

- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

- Knowledge and Understanding of the World

- Physical Development

- Creative Development

At Formby Day Nursery the learning opportunities and experiences offered, are appropriate to the child's age and stage of development, and include both indoor and outdoor activites. The learning environment both indoors and outdoors is divided into separate learning areas such as sand, water, role-play, mark-making (drawing and painting), small world (cars, train sets, etc), and construction and much more.

Children are able to choose which area they would like to play in and are free to play as part of a group or on their own. The fully qualified, experienced staff are always on hand to extend the children's play further in order to help with children's learning and development.

Key Person System

Every child at nursery will be assigned a Key Person. The role of the Key Person is to build a strong relationship with the child and their parents / carers. The Key Person is responsible for ensuring the child is happy and stimulated during their nursery day. They will regularly observe, assess and plan for the child's needs in order to help them to progress in their learning and development.