Early Years Foundation Stage
In Nursery and Reception we follow the Statutory Framework (EYFS), EYFS Early Adopter Framework (publishing.service.gov.uk). This sets out all the standards an Early Years Provider must follow.
The Early Adopter EYFS, is split into three Prime areas -
The Prime areas are the fundamentals of a child’s early education, they are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
We also support and teach children the specific areas of the EYFS, these are –
We work alongside the LA and complete a termly assessment for all children based on School Readiness document the LA have compiled. This is then passed onto the child’s school when they start in Reception. Staff in Nursery are currently completing Hanen Training, this is to raise levels of spoken communication across the setting. Staff are trained to model and comment whilst playing alongside children rather than direct questioning.
Children complete a short Baseline Assessment within the first six weeks of starting Reception. This consists of short practical activities based on Literacy and Maths activities. We follow the Government Baseline assessment for this. We also do our own baseline assessment based on teacher assessment using information provided from parents, observations, pre-school settings, childminders, private nurseries and other professionals such as speech and language therapists, paediatricians.
Delivery of Phonics
Alongside the Early Adopter Framework, we teach daily phonics as a discrete lesson to all children in Reception. We follow Letters and Sounds and teach phonics as a four-part sequence – Revisit/Review, Teach, Practise and Apply. Children take part in a discrete Guided Reading session where the reading book is matched to the phonic phase they are on.