OUR EARLY YEARS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME (EYEP)
We offer our Early Years Educational Programme (EYEP); our aim is to give each child the best possible care and to ensure they develop in all key areas. Our staff observe and listen to their ‘key child’ on a daily basis, in order to develop your children’s key skills including intellectual, social, physical and emotional dexterity. We have taken special care in the appearance of our setting, concentrating on what will stimulate your children and encourage them to learn. Family
& Friends is run in a very intimate setting, where we maintain excellent relationships with parents and children alike.
The Early Years Foundation Stage was introduced to enable all childcare facilities to offer the best support to each child. Family & Friends supports the EYFS principles and believes strongly in what they represent. The EYFS allows children to learn freely and build confidence.
Thus, each child is treated as an individual and we work closely with parents in order to address the needs of every individual child. We will provide a timetable so that all parents have the opportunity to come into our classrooms and take part in our learning programme. We are open to ideas and feedback from parents about our setting.
THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM (EYFS)
In our EYEP and our whole environment we promote the use of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is based around four themes. Each theme is linked to an important principle and each principle is then supported by four commitments: These are:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
1). A UNIQUE CHILD
Every child is a competent learner from birth, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
Every area of development “physical, cognitive, linguistic, spiritual, social and emotional “is equally important. The diversity of individuals and communities is valued and respected. Our staff ensure that each child is kept safe, which means protecting their physical and psychological well-being. Children’s health is a vital part of their development, and is supported by the provision of healthy and nutritious meals, high quality hygiene procedures, and attention to healthy patterns of sleep and exercise.
2). POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Our staff are warm, caring individuals who respect the feelings of children and their families. Each child is assigned a Key Worker who will build a secure attachment with that child, giving reassurance and helping to build independence.
3). ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Activities and experiences are planned to give achievable challenges. These will take into account each individual, and will flow with each child’s needs. A rich and varied environment gives a child the confidence to explore and learn in secure and safe, yet challenging indoor and outdoor spaces.
4). LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Our staff along with the early years team work closely with parents to make sure we give your children the best opportunities to develop to their potential using the EYFS planning structure. It shows how best to enable children to feel safe and supported and to extend their learning and development. This area includes the following 6 learning areas:
- Communication and language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design.
All 7 areas together will bring the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for babies and children as they grow, learn and develop.