Welcome to THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE at Mersey Vale!
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.
A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The EYFS seeks to provide:
- quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
- a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly
- partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
- equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported 4. The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. The learning and development requirements cover:
- the areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children in all early years settings
- the early learning goals that providers must help children work towards (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five)
- assessment arrangements for measuring progress (and requirements for reporting to parents and/or carers)
The safeguarding and welfare requirements cover the steps that providers must take to keep children safe and promote their welfare.”
This page has been developed to support parents and carers of children within both Nursery and Reception classes.
Here you will find information about the Early Years Foundation Stage, including: curriculum information, policy, learning through play ethos, links to further resources and class based information.
We value your commitment and continued support.
Miss Bunting, Mrs Edwards and Ms Ranson
EYFS Teaching Staff
Nursery Class teacher
Reception Class teacher Mon – Thurs
Reception Class teacher Friday
Please take a look at the Class pages for Nursery and Reception (accessible via Classes section).
Recommended Reads for Starting Nursery/ School
Transition and starting school
EYFS Information for parents/ carers: What to expect, when?
Getting your child ready for school:
Starting school document
Being school ready
Being school ready document
Tiny Happy People
Tiny Happy People
Reading tips and advice
The Importance of Play
"Play underpins the EYFS. It also underpins learning and all aspects of children’s development. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults. Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practise new ideas and skills, they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others. The role that adults have is crucial. Adults provide time and space and appropriate resources. These might include clothes, boxes, buckets, old blankets that will inspire play and fire children’s imaginations. They observe play and join in when invited, watching and listening before intervening. They value play and provide safe but challenging environments that support and extend learning and development." (Early Years Matters)
You might like to have a look at the Class pages for Nursery and Reception (accessible via Children section on website)