The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe, and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up (EYFS 2021)
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At Northfield Under 5’s we have strong relationships working in partnership with our parents and carers, to promote the learning and development for every child in our care, and to help ensure they are working towards the early learning goals in preparation for school. The early learning goals are the level of development children should be expected to have attained by the end of the EYFS.
To achieve these goals children will have experiences in, access to and be taught through the seven areas of learning and development with all areas being important and inter-connected.
The activities provided enable key opportunities for children to think creatively and flexibly, solve problems and link ideas, which supports learning across all areas. Our setting will establish the enabling conditions for rich play: space, time, flexible resources, choice, control, warm and supportive relationships.
The EYFS is split up into 7 different areas of learning.
Please click on the link to read the EYFS policy in full here.
There is also a fantastic parent friendly guidance called, 'What to Expect When?' for you to download. This will give you full information of your child’s learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a group of children. The system ensures personal attention is given to the needs and development of each individual child and family and forming a special bond with parent and child ensures children feel happy, safe, and secure.
The role of the key person is important, involving a designated person responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, when they are new to setting, transitioning to other rooms and when moving into school, all supporting the child’s well-being. That person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents or carers building relationships with them and their child. Children feel settled and happy and are more confident to explore and as a result, become more capable learners
Emphasis is placed on a welcoming homely atmosphere in all areas of the nursery. We are sensitive to the needs of new parents as well as the child, especially during a settling in period. We offer two one hour settling in sessions, giving the opportunity for your child to familiarise themselves with the environment and begin to bond with their new key person. Should your little one need more time then we can be flexible to your child’s needs.
Good liaison with staff is essential. The key person takes responsibility for new children and a bond is encouraged but it is also important for the children’s development and socialisation that they respond well to other members of staff.If you recommend a friend to Northfield Under 5’s Nursery who then signs up their child, you will receive £50 off your first nursery fees or a free administration fee. Please contact the nursery for full terms and conditions.
Children ideally move on when they are age appropriate and are developmentally ready. Thought and care is taken with transition between the groups: Baby Suite, Toddler 1, Toddler 2 and Preschool. Short regular visits are made prior to starting in a new area of the Nursery, and children begin to build a bond with their new Key Person. Parents will be involved in the transition process should they need to be.
There is a full Transitions Policy available to parents which is given on Induction.
Each room has their own age appropriate daily routines and a plan of activities which are regularly shared with parents on our Famly app.
There is provision for all children to rest during the day. Sleeping arrangements are always discussed with parents. All children including babies sleep on mats and have a sleep according to their needs, we do not wake sleeping children.
Older children who do not require a daytime sleep have a quiet time appropriate to their needs. We provide bedding for each child.
Please see full copy of Sleep Policy here.
Working in partnership with parents is paramount to children’s learning and development. Northfield Under 5’s Nursery prides itself on the collaborative approach between parent and setting on the child’s learning and development.