The Early Years Foundation Stage framework exists to support all professionals working in early years and was developed by numerous experts and parents. The framework sets out:
- The legal welfare requirements that everyone working with children must follow to keep your child safe;
- The seven areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge;
- Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress;
- Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of Reception Year; these expectations are called the ‘Early learning Goals’.
As your child develops and progresses, they will be observed by their teachers and their Learning Journey will be mapped with reference to the Early Learning Goals. Continuous, quality observations are embedded in every-day practice to develop an accurate and unique perspective of each child. These observations, together with photographs and pieces of work are recorded in a Learning Journey document as a record of your child’s progress and development over the school year.
This development-focused framework involves teachers discovering each child’s level of achievement, their interests and learning styles and is used to guide our teaching and to help moderate your child’s learning.