The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.
Our curriculum is broad and has 7 areas of learning, each with their own strands. There are 17 strands that are assessed in total. From birth to 3 we assess only the strands within the prime areas and from 3 onwards we assess all 17.
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. The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Physical Development (PD) and Communication and Language (CL).
The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning. The specific areas are Literacy (L), Mathematics (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD).
We also observe and assess the children’s Characteristics of Effective Learning, these are the ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment, they underpin the learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
Playing and Exploring - engagement
Active Learning – motivation
Creating and Thinking Critically – thinking
We also use The Leuven Scale as a form of assessment. It is a five-point scale that allows childcare practitioners to measure children’s ‘emotional well-being’ and ‘involvement’ – two vital components of learning, development and progress in children.
Your child’s progress will be reviewed when they’re between 2 and 3 by an early years practitioner or health visitor.
Each child’s key worker is responsible for termly assessments that monitor their progress and attainment. The assessments are based on child-led observations, focus tasks, information from parents and what the key worker knows about your child.