Nursery South Croydon Day Care and Pre-School Education

The Early Years Foundation Stage

At Abbey Wood Grange South Croydon nursery we are already following the Early Years Foundation Stage.
This is a new government framework which is being introduced into every Early setting which provides care for children from 0-5 and becomes statutory in September 2008. The government aims to ensure that all children receive the same provision from birth - 5, whether they attend a childminder, a nursery or a play group.

The Early Years Foundation Stage unifies Birth to Three Matters and the Foundation stage. It combines best early years practice and provides a more cohesive approach to child development, care and learning.

The principles outlined in this document are ones that Abbey Wood Grange already adhere to, for example:

  • Being an inclusive organisation
  • Working closely with parents
  • Promoting healthy life styles
  • Empowering children to make good choices
  • Providing a stimulating, exciting learning environment

The six areas of learning

There are six areas of learning which chart a child's development from Birth - 5 years old. The learning objectives for the adult led activities are taken from the development stages within each of the six areas, so your child's development is charted through each area.

The six areas of learning are:

1) Personal, social and emotional development

  • Dispositions and attitudes
  • Self confidence and self esteem
  • Making relationships
  • Behaviour and self control
  • Self care
  • Sense of community

2) Communication, language and literacy

  • Language for communication
  • Language for thinking
  • Linking sounds and letters
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Handwriting

3) Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy

  • Numbers as labels and for counting
  • Calculating
  • Shapes, space and measures

4) Knowledge and understanding of the world

  • Exploration and investigation
  • Designing and making
  • ICT
  • Time
  • Place
  • Communities

5) Physical development

  • Movement and space
  • Health and bodily awareness
  • Using equipment and materials

6) Creative development

  • Being creative/responding to experiences, expressing and communicating ideas
  • Exploring media and materials
  • Creating music and dance
  • Developing imagination and imaginative play.

Look, Listen and Note

A major part of the new EYFS is Look, Listen and Note.

Staff regularly observe your child at play. They notice what the children are doing and what they are interested in. These observations inform the planning. In addition, information from parents is vital because they are able to tell us what is happening at home as well as a child's interest.
From the staff's observations, they decide what the next step for learning would be for that child and plan activities to extend the child. Whilst we do group activities, we plan for individual children and always keep a flexible approach to learning. We do not inhibit children who are advanced and we seek to support those who maybe struggling in a certain area.

Best of Both

In addition to adult led activities, children have times in the day, which they are able to choose what activities they do. Children decide what they want to do, they go and play and then come back to share with their friends what they've done.

Up to date Training

We provide in-house training for our staff, using the EYFS principles, so that they are up to date and continually reflecting on and improving their practice.

Feeling Secure

It is very important for us at Abbey Wood Grange that the children feel secure and settled. We place a huge emphasis on providing not only a physically safe place for the children to be in but also an emotionally safe place. Staff are trained well and we have a policy on how we give comfort to children because we want to make sure that children are able to have a cuddle, their dummy or a special comforter if needed.

We recognise that it is important for children to develop secure attachments and we try to ensure that staff work closely in teams so children will have the opportunity to bond with a few key people so that if one staff member is away, a child will not be left feeling bereft.

All the children have good routines in place, in order for them to feel secure and where possible we aim to provide visual routines so that they are accessible for all.

Rewarding good behaviour and celebrating children's achievements is central to all that we do at Abbey Wood Grange. There are a variety of ways we do this and it is an ever evolving area.
In order for children to feel secure they must feel safe, therefore we have a very clear behaviour policy to encourage good behaviour that sends a clear message to children who hurt others.

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