Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Coordinator for Foundation is Mrs Newman.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework?

The EYFS framework sets the standards to make sure that children aged from birth to 5 learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

The framework is for all Ofsted registered early years providers in all settings, including:

  • Nurseries
  • Childminders
  • Pre-schools
  • Reception

Why are the changes happening from September 2021?

The changes to the EYFS Statutory Framework are being made to:

  • improve outcomes for children at age 5, particularly in early Language and Literacy
  • reduce workload such as unnecessary paperwork, so practitioners can spend more time with the children in their care

All schools and early years providers must follow the new early years foundation stage framework from September 2021.  Here is the link to the document:

Educational Programmes

Educational programmes, sometimes referred to as the ‘Early Years Curriculum’, are the areas of learning and development which must shape the activities and experiences that children have in early years settings, at all ages. Our setting will use the educational programmes to decide the approach to the curriculum that is right for our children at Redscope.

Redscope Foundation Stage is made up as follows:-

  • Redscope Early Years – 2 years of age and rising 3s
  • FS1 – also known as Nursery – 3 to 4 years of age
  • FS2 – also known as Reception – 4 to 5 years of age

The 7 areas of learning and development remain the same.

The 3 prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development

The 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our children learn by actively exploring their indoor and outdoor environments that are enriched with resources to support their learning and develop their creativity and critical thinking. Visits and visitors play an important role in developing first hand learning experiences.

Children are observed, assessed and their next steps of learning planned. This information is shared with parents. At the end of Reception (FS2), each child is assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and an EYFS profile is completed.  This is also shared with parents.

Changes to Safeguarding and Welfare

The changes

There are minor changes to the safeguarding and welfare section, including a new requirement to promote the good oral health of children.

What this means in practice

This could include things like talking to children about the effects of eating too many sweet things, or the importance of brushing your teeth.

Adding this requirement does not mean that practitioners must carry out supervised tooth brushing. Practitioners will not be assessing children’s oral health.

Celebrating Children’s Learning

  • We will constantly celebrate and share children’s learning through:
  • Regular show and tell sessions
  • Displays
  • Sharing Wow moments with parents on Class Dojo.
  • Sharing posts on Twitter!

Parent Partnership

  • We want you to be very involved with your child’s learning
  • You are your child’s first educator and know them best
  • Open door policy
  • Twitter
  • Please share with us anything you have done at home that means something to your child and we will share and celebrate it at school
  • Displays in the classroom – WOW moments at home
  • Stay and Play Sessions
  • Contributing on Class Dojo
  • Sharing books with your child and reading at home with your child in Reception
  • Home Learning each half term
  • Parent/Carer meetings

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