The EYFS divides children’s learning and development into seven areas, three ‘prime areas’ (communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development) and four ‘specific areas’ (literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design). For each area, the guidance sets out early learning goals. These goals indicate what children will normally be expected to know and to be able to do by the end of the reception year at primary school. With the youngest children, we focus on the three prime areas, which are considered to be the basis for successful learning in the other ‘specific’ areas. There is a more equal focus on all areas as the children grow in confidence and ability. All areas are delivered through a wide range of activities, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Our planning is led by the children – their interests, their needs and their stages of development. As children approach school age, we focus on skills which will help them make a smooth transition to school.
Your key person will help to settle your child into the new environment and will follow and record his development and learning, compiling a ‘learning journal’. This helps us to plan for your child and to pick up on any areas in which he may need some support or may need to be challenged.
We use a secure digital online service, Tapestry, to compile our learning journeys, so that you can access your child’s journal at any time from any mobile device or computer. You can contribute by adding an observation of your own, or by adding comments. You are also encouraged to add a card to our ‘wow!’ board, to celebrate your child’s achievements or experiences. In addition you will be asked to contribute to the progress checks which we do for each child. You can find more information about how we operate Tapestry using the link at the bottom of this page.
Parents of 2 year olds will receive a 2 year old progress check via Tapestry. The exact timing of this progress check will depend on the age at which a child starts attending preschool and the number of hours a week he attends, but where possible it will be completed to feed into the health visitor’s 2 year developmental check so that any concerns or developmental delays can be identified and addressed at an early age.