The Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters

Elmhurst School for Boys

24th February 2017 | Little Elms Blog

“Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.” (EYFS) The Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters is the government document that all Early Years providers use as a basis for supporting a child's learning. There are four themes that underpin all the guidance. A Unique Child + Positive Relationships + Enabling Environments = Learning and Development. As an Early Years Professional, I use ongoing formative assessment to ensure each child’s current needs are provided for.

There are seven areas of Learning and Development. The three prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. The importance of the core areas are paramount to Learning and Development. What we want for your child is that he can manage his own feelings and behaviour, can make positive relationships, and has the confidence to talk to his peers during play and familiar adults about his feeling and opinions. We try to develop his listening and attention, understanding and speaking skills within Communication and Language. Physical development is also essential, we want your child to be independent with his health and self care as well as being able to move and handle equipment with confident ability.

There are also four specific areas of development. These are Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts. In Little Elms these areas are always implemented in our weekly planning and the boys have opportunities to development in these areas, in both one-to-one teaching and our group learning sessions. Even though the specific areas are treated with importance, it is the prime or core areas that will really underpin your son’s Learning and Development and why Early Year practitioners stress the importance of them. This is a link for the EYFS document if you would like to see all the steps your son is taking. Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Click here to view the photos from our recent STEM activity. The Evil Pea took our Duplo people and froze them in ice, the boys had to think of things to use to free them. All people were saved...Superveggies Assemble!

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