Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a Government Framework that sets out the minimum standards of care and learning that all early years providers need to meet. It has been designed to ensure that settings provide a safe and secure teaching and learning environment allowing each individual child to learn and develop at their own pace. The EYFS provides a set of Early Learning Goals that most children will work towards until the end of their Reception year.

These are grouped into the following Primary and Specific areas.

Three Primary areas:
Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal Social and Emotional Development

And four Specific areas:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

At Crazy 4 Kids your child will be allocated a keyworker who will continually listen, observe and assess your child to ensure that their targets are met and future targets are accurately set. They will consult with you on your child’s individual needs and carry out specific planning for your child to meet their individual needs.

Social skills are paramount to effective learning and mealtimes are a particularly good source of promoting these. Children are encouraged to sit down together in groups and serve themselves, placing an early emphasis on social graces and table manners. We help the children to develop healthy eating habits by providing healthy snacks and providing cooked hot meals at lunchtime.

We will begin to teach your child how to take responsibility for their own personal hygiene by emphasizing the importance of hand washing before and after eating. If they are not yet toilet trained that is not a problem as we will work closely with you and your child to work towards them becoming ‘dry’ when they are ready.

 Getting Ready for School
In the year leading up to your child starting school, our Qualified Teacher will work closely with Pre-school Leads to develop a learning framework that equips children with the skills in order to be ‘formal’ learning ready. A varied programme of activities will be available daily to develop and encourage emergent writing, mathematics, reading, information technology, role play, construction alongside visits and visitors from the community. We will work hard to extend each child’s learning and prepare them for successful transition into school.

If you have any queries re your child’s learning whilst they are with us please speak with their Keyworker or your Setting Lead.