EYFS curriculum and British Values
About the EYFS
In September 2008 the government introduced the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. It is a stage of children’s development from birth to five years. It is a coherent and flexible approach to learning. Play is vital for children, giving them the opportunities to develop socially, emotionally and to understand the world around them. It is important not to push or pressurise our children so they remain keen learners and feel safe and secure.
We are required to follow the EYFS and parents can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning. The principles which guide the work of all early years practitioners are grouped into four themes:
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
Little Pebbles is now working with the revised, simpler framework for the EYFS published on 27 March 2012, for implementation from 1 September 2012.
The new EYFS framework makes a number of improvements:
- Simplifying the learning and development requirements by reducing the number of early learning goals from 69 to 17.
- Stronger emphasis on the three prime areas which are most essential for children’s healthy development. These three areas are: communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development.
- For parents, new progress checks at age two on their child’s development. This links with the Healthy Child review carried out by health visitors, so that children get any additional support they need before they start school.
Please visit the following links for more information on the new EYFS
At Little Pebbles, we promote British values. Below are some of the ways we promote British values at our settings:
- Listening to each other’s views- children, parents and staff
- Children are allowed to make choices- open toy cupboards and low level toys so children can choose
- Children choose which fruit they would like to eat at snack time
- Supporting each other and learning rules such as sharing, turn taking, routines, rules and boundaries in the nursery, using kind words
- Staff encourage children to co operate with rules and help them understand how to respect by talking about how our actions/words can sometimes harm others
The rule of law
- Staff help children learn rules and boundaries in the nursery and the world around us and children understand that rules are there to protect them
- Staff have high expectations of the children
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Celebrating festivals and cultures and including all children
- Making food from different cultures