The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS is designed to help and support a child’s learning and development from birth until 31st August following their 5th birthday, to ensure that the child is ‘school-ready’. It is a legal requirement that the early years foundation stage framework is followed, as it provides a set of common principles and commitments to ensure that children all receive a quality early education and experiences.

There are four main principles that underpin the EYFS and apply to all children in Early Years Education:  ‘A Unique Child’ + ‘Positive Relationships’ + ‘Enabling Environments’ = ‘Learning and Development’

Following on from these principles there are 7 areas of early years learning that EYFS concentrates on, the prime areas of learning are identified as being particularly important for younger children.

  • Prime Areas of Learning
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Specific Areas of Learning
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The EYFS sets out information about assessments that each child will have, at Little Poppets we use a cycle of ‘Observation’ –> ‘Assessment’ –> ‘Planning’ to ensure the child’s interests and needs are met to promote their learning and development.

At Little Poppets we provide a safe and secure environment and take all necessary steps to safeguard the children in our care.

Little Poppets activities and resources

At Little Poppets we have a range of activities and resources that the children have access to encourage the children’s learning and development. We also have planned activities that are based around a theme, which is different for each term; all activities will be structured around the child’s own interests and ability to ensure that the child engages with the activity and has fun!

At Little Poppets we have:

  • Sand/water table
  • Arts and crafts
  • Garden toys and outside equipment
  • Construction toys
  • Quite area/cosy den
  • Books, story stacks
  • Sensory basket
  • ICT
  • Role play/dressing up
  • Cars and trains
  • Board games
  • Small world play/Happyland
  • Exploring outside/nature/science
  • Preparing and cooking food/baking