We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012). We ensure that we provide quality and consistency to allow every child to make good progress throughout their time with us.
Helping Your Children Grow
By following the EYFS we provide a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities for each individual child’s needs and interests. The children are continually observed and assessed which in turn informs our planned activities and continuous provision of resources ensuring that each child reaches their full potential.
We pride ourselves on our partnership working between parents, carers and us as practitioners. We value parents and carers views and provide an ‘open door policy’ to ensure that we are always able to be on hand to offer advice and support, to ‘signpost’ to other professionals such as speech and language drop in centres or other healthcare services, and of course to provide continued updates and reviews on your child’s time with us across all areas of learning.
We value our ethos on equality of opportunity and have developed a strong culture of inclusive practice within the setting and the local community.
Our vision statement is…
“We strive to work in partnership with all who use our setting. We value, respect and celebrate each child as an individual, enabling them to feel a sense of belonging and thrive to the best of their ability”
The following four overarching principles of the EYFS shape all practice in early years provision and at Goldcrest Day Nurseries Ltd we strive to adhere and embed these principles in everything we do:
- ‘Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Characteristics of effective teaching and learning
There are three characteristics of effective teaching and learning which move through all areas of a child’s learning:
- Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
- Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements.
- Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Within the EYFS there are 7 areas of learning and development
There are Three Prime Areas, which reflect the key skills and capabilities all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ‘ready for school’. It is expected that the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability within these prime areas.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making Relationships / Self Confidence and Self-awareness / Managing feelings and behaviour.
- Physical Development: Moving and Handling / Health and Self-care
- Communication and Language:Listening and Attention / Understanding / Speaking
- Literacy: Reading/Writing
- Mathematics: Numbers/Shape, space and measure
- Understanding the World: People and communities / The World / Technology
- Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials / Being imaginative
We record your child’s progress and development in their very own ‘Learning Journey’. This is a brightly coloured, child and parent friendly book that celebrates your child’s achievements.
The Learning Journey contains many photographs, observations and children’s work, along with the regular termly reviews that we complete for each child; this outlines their achievements at nursery and also their next steps for their individual journey of learning.