The Early Years Foundation Stage
Early Years Foundation Stage - EYFS
The period from age three to the end of Reception year is described as the Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling.
This September 2021 the new EYFS Framework comes into force.
Development Matters 2021 has also been updated
At Ilmington we believe in the 7 Features of Effective Practice, to support the academic development and pastoral wellbeing of our youngest learners.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile summarises and describes children's attainment at the end of the EYFS. It is based on ongoing observation and assessment in the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three learning characteristics, set out below:
The prime areas of learning:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
The learning characteristics:
- playing and exploring
- active learning
- creating and thinking critically
For each Early Learning Goal teachers will assess whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception Year.
The Early Learning Goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Foundation stage (ie: end of Reception year). By the beginning of Year 1 some children will have exceeded the goals but other children will be working towards some or all of these goals.
In our Reception class the children learn through play that is both child and adult initiated. They have access to stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments in which they are able to learn with enjoyment and challenge.
The children are provided with a wide and varied choice of activities and resources that they can access independently. Throughout their time in Reception the children also take part in daily, focused Literacy, Numeracy and Phonics sessions.
We plan our learning through interactive themed topics, which bring learning to life for the children.
Our children make a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage into Year 1 due to the close partnership of the Early Years and Key Stage 1 staff, enabling integration from the very beginning of the academic year.