The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage supports children’s learning and development and welfare and is divided into 3 Prime areas of learning and 4 Specific areas of learning. These areas are listed below with some examples of activities in our preschool.
Areas of Learning and Development
- Making Relationships
The children join their key group at group times to get to know one another such as rolling a ball to each other.
- Self-confidence & self-awareness
We provide a choice board with photographs of activities the children can choose to take part in
- Managing Feelings and Behaviour
We provide books, stories, and puppets that can be used to model responding to others feelings such as “The Smartest Giant In Town”
- Moving and Handling
We provide equipment such as ropes and cargo nets to develop our gross motor skills.
- Health and Self-care
We support children’s growing independence as they start doing things for themselves such as putting on their coat, We also encourage the children to pour their own drink at snack time and involve them in the preparation of food.
- Listening and attention
We play “run and touch” to support children’s listening skills. Such as “run and touch something yellow”. The children need to listen for the word “go” before they find the colour.
We sing lots of songs with actions to help children understand the words.
We provide stories with repetition and rhyme to encourage the correct use of language.
We have a cosy area and wig wam to share stories. We encourage parents to share their stories from home too.
We provide clip boards, note books, and other interesting resources in all areas of learning to support writing.
We play skittles and other target games which relate to number order, addition and subtraction, We count using real money in the role play area.
- Shape, Space and Measure
Providing different sized containers in the water table to fill and empty to experiment with volume and capacity, Weighing ingredients to make playdoh.
Understanding the World
- People and Communities
Sharing photographs of family and pets from home
- The World
We might visit the shops to buy some fruit for snack. We use the magnifiers to look at mini beasts we find in our garden
We use the printer to copy pictures we have made.
Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials
We experiment with colour by mixing paints together to create new colours
- Being imaginative
We have bright coloured super hero capes to support our interests