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The Old School House follows the Montessori method or pre-primary learning within the nursery, whilst also following the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework as specified by the DCFS.
It sets out:
· The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
· The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
· Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
· Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”
The EYFS framework can be summarised under 7 areas of learning and development, as below (or to read about the EYFS Framework in greater detail, please go to the link www.foundationyears.org.uk.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
· Communication and language;
· Physical development; and
· Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
· Understanding the world; and
· Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Each child is appointed a “Keyperson” – a member of staff that works with and develops a relationship with your child (as well as a back up persion to cover any keyperson absences).
Each term, the keyperson compiles a summary of your child’s activities and development – “My Unique Story” (MUS) which is shared with each child’s parents/carers at our termly Open Days (or an alternative time if required).
At age 2
For children aged two years and under, the MUS focuses on the 3 prime areas of learning
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
And also includes the Progress Check at age 2. The Progress Check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and anywhere they might need some extra help or support – and how their parents, carers or other family members, can work with the key person. This information is useful for parents when seeing the Health Visitor for their child’s 2 year Health and Development Review.
Over 2 years of age
Subsequently, the MUS covers all 7 areas of learing and development, the prime areas of learning as above and the 4 specific areas;
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
The MUS is a compilation of termly summaries and photographs of your child’s time at The Old School House and in the summer before your child begins their transition to school Reception class, their keyperson will liaise with their next school and with parents by producing their final termly summary and Learning Journey Progress Check to assist their reception teacher in understanding your child, their interests and stage of development
At the age of 5
At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of their first year at school – in the reception class – their teacher will complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time.