As you may know schools have to ensure the children are learning and developing in accordance with the National Curriculum, nurseries also follow a curriculum, We have standards set by the government that we have to follow when working with your children. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). At Little Footsteps we follow the EYFS and its ever changing requirments and updates.
THERE ARE THREE MAIN AREAS TO THE NEW EYFS
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
When we support your children to develop and grow we begin with their PSED; we help them settle into our nursery with your support, we ensure they have a key worker who they bond with and we support them in being confident within themselves. Without PSED children will struggle to develop in other areas of their learning.
Physical Development (PD)
We help children to develop both their fine and gross motor development. Fine motor: drawing, painting, threading, doing puzzles and action rhymes etc. Gross motor: climbing, jumping, running, riding bikes etc.
Communication and Language (CL)
We help your children to learn to communicate effectively with ourselves, you and other children, expressing their needs, wants, likes and dislikes, this is through verbal, body language and at Little Footsteps we use signing.
THERE ARE FOUR FURTHER AREAS THAT ALL CHILDREN ARE SUPPORTED IN
Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts & Design and Literacy
This will give children the foundation to starting school and aid their learning and development, this is carried out at their individual pace and stages of development.
The new EYFS also puts many regulations upon a nursery around the Welfare Rights of the child and the Requirements we must adhere to in order to keep your children safe, these are more stringent than previously. Considering we are following the new EYFS regarding your child’s development and adhering to the welfare requirement here at Little Footsteps you can be confident that your child is being cared for in the best possible environment here with us.