Small Fries Day Nursery

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Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)

Small Fries Day Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) which is assessed by Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). The framework has been developed to aid your child's preparation for school and give them the broad range of knowledge and skills to provide them with the right foundation for their future.

The EYFS sets out 7 areas of learning and development which our staff use to guide your child's play and activities as they learn these new skills and knowledge. These activities will be observed by our staff so that they can track how each child is progressing through the EYFS. Each child's learning will be an individual journey, and activities will be tailored to meet each of their particular age, needs and abilities.

More detail, and the full 'Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage' is available to download here.

The main focus of the EYFS are the prime areas of learning and development. These prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are the most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing, exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking, which takes place both indoors and outdoors. Each child will have an individual learning journal, that is created from the observations and assessments of our highly-trained team, and all parents/carers will have access to their child's journal at our nursery in person, or through our bespoke nursery software programme from the comfort of their home.

Learning through play at home

There are many activities that you can continue at home that will compliment your child's learning and development from their experiences at nursery. Even children who cannot yet talk can learn a great deal by you communicating and talking to them. It's never too early to start, so why not try some of the following at home:

  • Reading books
  • Singing and nursery rhymes
  • Messy play with mud, sand or water
  • Talking about your day and asking questions at every opportunity
  • Talk about numbers, colours, words and letters