The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. As such, the EYFS was created, which is the curriculum followed by all Early Years Settings to support and promote your child’s development.

The EYFS has seven areas, which when covered provide a holistic approach to learning, development and growth.

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.

Prime Areas are:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.

Specific Areas are:

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

The Progress Check at Two

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires that parents and carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime learning and development areas of the EYFS between the ages of 24-36 months.

Prime Areas are:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Our Aims

At Harrietsham Preschool we will aim to provide a clear and easy to read report that will avoid unfamiliar jargon, acronyms or terminology. This reports are produced at the end of each term – Autumn, Spring and Summer – and parents/carers are invited in to discuss the reports with their key person. It is expected that parents will read and comment on the reports online. The report will present a truthful yet sensitive reflection of what your child can do and their achievements to date. We will also identify areas where your child is progressing at a slower pace than expected. We recognise that you, as parents, have in-depth knowledge of your child’s individual personality and characteristics, and we welcome your own observations and comments. All parents are entitled to participate in the assessment. We will work in partnership, through establishing respectful relationships with you to not only further your child’s development whilst they attend our setting, but also to provide suggestions for you to continue supporting your child at home.

By sharing regular two-way observations, it will enable us all to reflect together on what your child:

  • Likes to do;
  • Is trying to master or has just learned;
  • New words/language structures which are emerging; and
  • Particular interests or patterns of play and exploration which are observed at any point in time.

Individual Learning Journal

We compile an Individual Learning Journal for each child attending Harrietsham Preschool. This is a record of a child’s learning and development. Every child’s journal is unique; it takes a personal path based on their own individual interests and experiences, telling the story of each child. Individual Learning Journals are created and held on an iCloud based system called Baby’s Days.

It’s essential that you log onto Baby's Days regularly (a minimum of once a week) to check on your child’s development by looking at the activities set up by staff and the learning that has taken place for your child. You will also see photographs of your child in the setting and we ask that you contribute to your child’s observations and add photographs of things they are doing at home. If you can upload to facebook, please consider uploading to Baby's Days. You also need to sign off any accident/incident reports, medication forms and weekly sign off their registers.

Finding out what your child can do is the starting point for their learning. Your child’s key-person will observe them and work with you to collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. We will involve you as parents/carers, as part of the on-going observation and assessment process. We will use our observations to identify area of development, plan to meet your child’s individual needs and help them progress.

Upon enrolment with Harrietsham Preschool we will ask you to complete an ‘All About Me’ form with your child. This will be the start of your child’s Individual Learning Journal and over time we will add the following:

  • Examples of children’s work
  • Photographs
  • Information about your child’s current interests
  • Formal and spontaneous observations
  • Plans for next steps of learning

Information from the Individual Learning Journal will provide an on-going summary of your child; reflecting on progress over time. We will give you regular opportunities to formally review and discuss your child’s learning and development through one-to-one meetings, both formal and informal, end of term reports. We actively encourage you to add to the journal with comments and photographs of your own, these may be photographs from your holiday, or weekend activities, or new skills that your child has acquired at home. We can use this knowledge here at preschool, to build on your child’s interests and help to secure those new skills.