The Early Years Foundation Stage 

 
The provision for children's development and learning is guided by The Early Years Foundation Stage.
The Areas of Development and Learning comprise of:
 
Prime Areas
 
personal, social and emotional development;
physical development;
communication and language;
 
Specific Areas
 
literacy
mathematics
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
 
Assessment
 
We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they as parents are supporting development.
 
We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our ongoing development records. These form part of children’s records of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different nursery or when they go on to school.
 

From September 2016 we have changed our planning techniques and recording to ‘In the moment planning’.

This we feel will ensure the setting is more child-led. We have completely re-structured our way of storing our equipment in order to ensure the children are given more free choice during play. This we hope will give a more enabling environment and will allow the children to explore and investigate through their play. We are also asking parents to only bring children in using pumps for indoor and wellingtons for outdoor. Children cannot fully engage with their play unless they have the correct clothing and footwear to keep them warm and dry.

This system will also bring our parents into our planning structure and allow them a more in-depth sight into their child’s nursery life. 

The cycle of observation, assessment, planning, observation is carried out on a moment-by-moment basis. 

We aim to have approximately four ‘named focus children’ each week.

We are still keeping to the Key Person system and the home/school diaries.