Here at Eaton Park Academy, our vision for our Early Years Foundation Stage is to ‘Lay secure foundations in the Early Years’.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework is a government document that all schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers in England must follow. It sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. The standards ensure your child will learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

The EYFS framework outlines seven areas of learning and development and educational programmes. There are three prime areas of learning, which are particularly important for your child’s development and future learning:

There are four specific areas of learning, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:

The EYFS framework identifies the essential role of play in your child’s development. It is through both child-led play and play guided by an adult that your child will develop confidence and relationships with others. Through play, EYFS practitioners will help your child to extend their vocabulary and develop their communication skills. The EYFS framework identifies three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:

A greater focus on teaching specific skills will occur as your child progresses through their reception year, which will help them to prepare for year one.

Our approaches to learning at Eaton Park

In the nursery, the children are placed into a key worker group of up to 20 children. This gives the children the opportunity to form close bonds with both their key worker and also their peers. The three key worker groups are then over seen by a qualified teacher who is responsible planning and assessing the needs of the children with the support of the key workers. The nursery day consists of short 20 minute adult led inputs which are phonics, maths, English and Topic. The rest of the time is spent immersed in the continuous provision with adults working alongside the children to scaffold and challenge the children as needed. There are also dedicated times for stories, rhymes and singing throughout the day.

In reception, the children are placed into two classes which each have a class teacher and member of support staff. The approaches in reception are slightly more formal than in nursery, with the children mostly engaging in whole class learning. The children engage in daily phonics, maths, English and handwriting lessons with topic discussions and story times threaded throughout the day. Throughout the reception year, there is big emphasis on the children developing their independence skills in preparation for their transition into Year One.

Early Intervention

Across EYFS, we take part in the Stoke Speaks Out communication screen which is carried out at both the beginning and end of each academic year. This screening tool allows us to quickly identify children which are not working at an expected level within their communication and language skills and we are able to put necessary interventions into place to develop the children’s communication skills. As a department, we are also fortunate to have an Early Years SEND specialist who is able to offer tailored support for those children who may have additional needs.

Parents as Partners

Here at Eaton Park Academy, we know how important it is to work in partnership with our parents to help each child achieve their full potential. We build this partnership through our use of school Dojo, which provides a constant link between home and school allowing learning to be shared and communication between school and parents to be fluid. We also use an electronic learning journey system across the department (Learning Book), so that parents can become involved with sharing their child’s achievements and also see achievements from their child’s time at school. Throughout the school year, parents are given the opportunity to come into school and get involved with their child’s learning through parent workshops, interactive lessons, shared story times and craft sessions. Information is also shared termly with parents, detailing their child’s level of attainment and targets for their child to develop even further.

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