The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework that sets the standards that all early years providers must meet in order to ensure that children learn and develop and are kept healthy and safe. It applies to all children aged 0-5.

    At Rainbow Corner, we plan around the needs and interests of the children, using the EYFS to guide the planning and develop the children's learning and personal development. We also work in close partnership with parents/carers and value the fact that each child is unique.

    The EYFS is broken down into 7 areas of learning. All are of equal importance and are inter-connected. Within the 7 areas, there are 3 prime areas, areas of learning from which all other learning builds upon; and 4 specific, through which the 3 prime areas are strengthened and applied. For very young children and babies, practitioners will focus much more heavily on the prime areas. The seven areas are identified below:

Prime Areas:
Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

Characteristics of Effective Learning
The EYFS and Rainbow Corner Day Nursery recognise that children learn through:
Playing and Exploring - engagement
Active Learning - motivation
Creating and thinking critically-thinking and linking ideas

    The EYFS also acknowledges that children learn in different ways and at different rates. At Rainbow we understand that purposeful play is key to a child's learning. We use the EYFS to reflect upon our on-going observational assessments. These are then fed into our planning or into our day to day practise as opportunities arise.

We also carry out 2 year checks using the EYFS guidance.

We strongly believe that by following these principles, we inspire, motivate and challenge all the children in our care, in a safe, nurturing and happy environment.

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The Framework:

- Values and celebrates babies and children
- Recognises their individuality, efforts and achievements
- Recognises that all children have from birth a need to develop, learning through interaction with people and exploration of the world around them. For some children this development may be at risk because of difficulties with communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social development or sensory and physical development
- Recognises the "holistic" nature of development and learning
- Acknowledges, values and supports the adults that work with the babies and young children
- Provides opportunities for reflection on practice
- Informs and develops practice whist acknowledging that working with babies and children is a complex, challenging and demanding task and that often there are no easy answers

How the Framework is organised:

    The framework takes as its focus the child and steers away from specific areas of experience and distinct curriculum headings. It identifies four aspects, which celebrate the skill and competence of the babies and young children and highlights the inter-relationship between growth, learning, development and the environment in which they are cared for and educated.

These four 'aspects' are:

1) Unique Child
2) Positive relationships
3) Enabling environments
4) Learning & development

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    Our under two's are offered settling in sessions and are given plenty of time and patience when starting nursery. Our staff give them lots of loving care and attention, stimulating play and are respectful to their own likes and dislikes.

    There is a careful balance throughout the day of quiet times and structured play which includes stories, singing, cuddles, sleep time, building bricks, shape sorters, baby gyms, activity centres, treasure basket, outside play, mini world and role play activities to name but a few.

       Under 2's activity

    Our under twos area is a bright stimulating room adjoined by a quiet restful sleep room, milk kitchen, nappy change area and a safe, fun all weather outside play area, where the children have the opportunity to crawl, walk, run, climb and experience the outdoor environment including mini beasts and growing plants.

    Children aged 18 months - 2 years are given additional short structured sessions which include paint, glue, sand, water, play-dough, walks, food tasting and cold cookery.

    The EYFS framework is used and provides parents and staff with a real insight into each child's development and learning.

Pre-School room

    Our pre-school area comprises of a large bright room where children aged 2 - 5 years share a wide variety of activities and equipment, the quiet room for more settled activities, the 'garden room' which is largely used for messy and creative activities and an outdoor area and garden. Within all these areas we encourage the following.

      Under 2's activity
Sensory skills - sand, water, painting, gluing, cooking, drawing,
Pre-writing skills - colouring, painting, pencil control, chalking and sand drawing
Concentration - construction, puzzles, threading, sequencing, recall games and IT
Pre-reading skills - letter and word recognition, letters sounds
Large motor dexterity - climbing, dancing, games and ride-on toys
Independence - dressing, feeding, toileting and decision making.
Me time - book corner, rest time and cuddles
Small motor dexterity - cutting, lacing, art and craft and cooking
Role play and Stories - dressing up, themes, singing and puppet theatre
Mathematical skills - counting, sequencing, matching, shape, space and measure
Problem Solving and Challenge - exploring, observing, trying things out and questioning
Communication - with peers and adults
Creativity - art, dance, music, imaginative play
We also promote good behaviour and social skills through positive role-modelling.

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