What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?
Greg Meakin, Head of Prep at Sherfield School, explains the significance of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and why it’s important to choose the right nursery for your child
The Reception year for 4-5 year olds is the culmination of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which underpins and sets the standard for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old.
All Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
Ofsted inspect these standards for all EYFS settings, including the independent sector, so take a good look at the latest inspection report. Not all settings achieve the gold quality stamp of ‘Outstanding in all areas’.
Those that do, also offering full time education beyond the EYFS, are most likely to have the same level of quality built in for the Key Stage 1 and beyond.
The first step into formal education
Preparing for the first day of school can be an emotional time for parents as it signals one of the key stages of their child growing up and becoming more independent.
Ensuring your child is cared for and educated in the best environment possible is an important first step of their journey into formal education.
The importance of outdoor play and active learning
The Reception year is fundamental as it creates the foundation for future learning, much of which should be taught via play.
Plenty of outdoor time and active learning are crucial to bring numeracy and literacy to life; children are not designed to be confined to classrooms and desks, especially at this age. Access to books and reading 1:1 with an adult each day at school and at home is important.
“Choosing the right Nursery and Reception for your child at this point will help secure a positive attitude for life-long learning”
Choosing the right Nursery and Reception for your child at this point will help secure a positive attitude for life-long learning, to see your child through their school years.
Sherfield School and Nursery is unique in the Reading and Basingstoke area for its EYFS setting, having gained three ‘Outstanding in all areas’ Ofsted inspection judgements in a row since 2012.
At Sherfield, the EYFS children experience nature walks in the school grounds, woodland and parkland, play in their own custom-built adventure playgrounds and use the sports hall facilities.
Yoga, Spanish and French learning starts in the nursery and after school care provision is available until 6pm for working parents.
Photography: Neil Turner
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