We promised in our last blog post more detail for you on the revised, simpler framework for the EYFS that was implemented on 1 September 2012.

First off what is the Early Years Foundation Stage?  Here’s an excerpt from an article published by education.gov.uk

‘The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that 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 are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.’

Read the whole article and download the full directive here.

So, how are the revised framework and standards being implemented at Circus and how will this benefit your children?

Progress Checks

Every child at Circus will have a Progress Check when they reach 2 yrs 9 months of age.  This will be an assessment completed by the child’s key person in partnership with the child’s parents. This assessment consists of looking at where the child is in reference to the three characteristics of Effective Learning and the Prime Areas of the EYFS. 

Children will also have additional progress checks completed in November and June coupled with parents evenings, which will take place to discuss development within the Prime Areas and Specific Areas of the EYFS.

Transition Records

Transition Records will be produced and completed for every child as and when they move onto school or another setting. This is completed by the child’s key person and refers to the progress and development they have achieved during their time at Circus.

Child’s Learning Journey

Every child has a Learning Journey complete with a communication passport, assessment section, prime area section, specific area section and a parent partnership section.

Observations are completed daily and these are placed into a child’s Learning Journey.

Home books, weekend sheets and wow vouchers are used throughout the nursery along with the Child’s Learning Journey’s, which tracks the child through nursery, highlighting any milestones or developmental achievements along the way.

The New EYFS at Circus

The new EYFS is visible throughout every floor of the nursery, and each room includes information packs with the Gloucestershire Developmental Matters for staff to reference and incorporate throughout the day whilst observing the children and linking areas of interest to their planning.

The setting has many visual aids in place with information about the Prime Areas and Specific Areas and the characteristics of effective learning and ideas to help parents incorporate the EYFS at home.

All policies and procedures in our setting are in line with the new EYFS and we follow all statutory guidelines.  A copy of the policies can be found at both entrances of the nursery.

If you’d like a more detailed understanding of how the new EYFS differs from what has been in place since 2008 then we recommend this article from foundationyears.org.uk.  We think this explains things quite well.

As always we welcome all parents’ responses and suggestions and we are happy to answer any questions or discuss any aspect of your child’s experience at Circus and the new EYFS with you.