Fledglings Nursery & Pre-School | East Grinstead
The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Fun, Exciting and Stimulating Curriculum

Here at Fledglings Day Nursery and Pre-School, we work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS, 2012). The Statutory Welfare Requirements and Developmental Matters. The EYFS is a statutory framework in which all early years providers must meet to ensure all children have the opportunity to flourish in their learning and development. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s “school readiness” and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. We have a range of resources which are age appropriate for the children.

Children participate in messy play, circle-time, stories, small group activities, painting, drawing, and both child and adult led activities. We also have a large garden which is divided into two, one for the babies up to 2 years old and the other for the, Frogs who are aged between 2 years and 3 years and Pre School who are aged between 3 and 5 years old, however the younger years are also able to use the bigger garden. We also take the children to local parks and outings. We always ask parents’ permission before we take them on any outing.

The Early Years Foundation stage is made up of The Overarching Principles, Themes and Seven Areas of Learning.

The Overarching Principles

  • Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Children learn and develop and learn in different ways at different rates.

Themes

  • A unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environment
  • Learning and Development

Seven Areas of Learning

There are three prime areas, which focus on children aged two years and under. These include:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Physical Development
  3. Communication and Language.

Young children develop these areas first, as these are interconnected. These along with the characteristics of effective learning stated below encourage children to explore the world around them

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking Critically

For children aged two years – five years in addition to the three prime areas, they also incorporate, four specific areas:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding of the World
  4. Expressive Arts & Design.

Between the ages of two – three years old, every child will have a progress check done, by their child’s key person. This progress check is a summative report which must be completed on all children aged between two and three years old. This check is used as supporting evidence for the health visitor’s two year old check.

Your Key Person will discuss when you would like to have the report ready for and will:  

  • Set a meeting date to discuss the content of the report and record any comments that you may have. 
  • Store a copy of the report in your child’s record keeping and a copy will be given to yourself.

You should take this report along with you and give it to the health visitor during the two year old check. Assessment at the End of the EYFS the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP).

How Do Staff Plan Experiences For Your Child?

Staff plan child led and adult led experiences, according to your child’s interests and development. We plan around your child’s current interests. We have weekly planning sheets, where you will see what experiences are taking part in your child’s room.  The planning sheets differentiate between the different ages of children to meet their needs and interests. Staff will also carry out the two year old check and transition booklets if and when your child leaves the nursery for parents to give to their next setting. The transition booklet is like the two year old check but it is for three-four year olds.  

We believe in forming a strong partnership with parents, and we like for them to share their child’s interests with us. Parents can speak to their child’s Key Person about their child’s interests whom will take this on board and incorporate it into the planning sheet. Parents will also be given the opportunity to extend their child’s learning at home, and get advice on how to support weekend activities as an extension to what has happened in the setting.

Staff are facilitators by planning activities and basing these on the child’s current interests, encouraging open-ended questions for further understanding and actively engaging in activities alongside the children and not just sitting in the background.  Children learn by exploring their world around them and building on what they already know, by repeating things, and with the help of their parents to help scaffold their learning.

Your Child’s Learning Journal

Here at Fledglings Day Nursery and Pre-School we observe every child and record their development in a Learning Journal, through a secure online program called Tapestry. We use the learning journal, to track your child’s progress.  A learning journal is a document used to record children’s achievements whilst they are here at the nursery. Staff add photographs, videos and observations to the learning journal as they happen. Parents can also add observations and pictures of what they have done with their children at home. Parents can access their child’s learning journal at any time.

Fledglings believe that parents are their child’s first educators and that they should be involved in every step of their child’s learning journey. We have parents meetings once a year for parents to discuss their child’s progress with their child’s Key Person. Staff will also provide verbal hand-overs and written daily reports at the end of each day. Parents will also receive a nursery newsletter every month via email in a PDF format, or hard copy on request. We operate an open door policy where parents can come and see how their child is settling in and getting on in the nursery.

Tapestry

Tapestry is the online software that we use to record the children’s Learning Journals. It offers early years settings a way to record the special moments of their children, and to keep parents involved in a partnership as their children blossom and grow.  More recently they have been used in conjunction with the EYFS developmental stages to assess more formally how children are progressing.< Traditionally these individual records have been collected in scrapbooks or binders, building up into a treasured memoir that children can take with them when they leave for the next stages of their journey through life. Now with this on line system , observations, next steps, photographs and videos are still recorded in a similar way through this system although it allows parents to log in and have access to their child’s Learning Journal at their own convenience. The teachers will use Tapestry through an application downloaded on to room tablets. These tablets remain at the nursery at all times and the teachers are only able to log on during nursery hours and whilst the Manager is logged on. The nursery has a policy in place for Tapestry; please see Fledglings Policies and Procedures which you will receive an electric copy once registered at Fledglings.

Parent Partnerships

Working In partnership with parents is very important to us here at Fledglings Day Nursery and Pre-School. Parents are their child’s first educators and we work best when we are working in partnership with you, and your child. Every child has a daily communication sheet, which you will receive when you pick your child up at the end of the day. On the sheet it informs you of what your child has eaten, how they have slept, and what activities they enjoyed doing throughout the day.

We also have monthly newsletters, parent suggestion box, open days, Learning Journal sessions, parent workshops, summer parties, Christmas parties and a parent Meet and Greet where you can meet other parents whose children attend the nursery and socialise with all the staff. Please see parent notice board for updated details on when these events will be happening.

Enabling Environments

We provide an enabling environment across all rooms of the nursery. We take into account the seven areas of learning, and every area is incorporated into the nursery (including the Garden), according to the children’s ages and development.

During the sessions of the day 9:00am -11:30am, 12.30pm – 2.30pm and 2.30pm – 4:00pm, there is no tidying up. This enables children to have the freedom to choose what toys and resources they want to play with.

At Fledglings Day Nursery and Pre-School we believe that children should have time to explore their surroundings, without too many interruptions. Children are able to explore an activity, and take as long as they need. Children will develop their sense of identity, know what activities they enjoy, and will want to keep doing that activity again and again. 

We have a rolling snack bar in operation for the Pre-School (over threes). Snacks are available between 10:00am-10:30am and 2.30pm – 3pm. This means that we put the snack out for the children at a table, and they can come and have snack when they want to. The snacks are made up of fresh fruit and vegetables and milk and water. Water is also available in all rooms throughout the day. Children are able to make the choice as to whether or not they would like snack or if they wish to keep playing.

All activities are age appropriate and relevant to the children and their development .We offer a balance of adult led and child led activities. Children can access activities and toys when they want too. Resources are on low shelves and are accessible for the children. We create spontaneous play opportunities in a variety of ways. We also have activities such as messy play, heuristic play, outdoor play, going for walks, trips etc that all children can participate in.  Children go out into the garden every day.

Inclusion for All

At Fledglings we pride ourselves in promoting equal opportunities. No matter what gender, race or disabilities, everybody feels valued here. All of our resources, including books, equipment and jigsaw puzzles have different elements, to represent our society today. Children are able to learn that they are individuals and that everyone is valued and respected; this ethos is reflected in Fledglings Policies and Procedures. Our menus reflect diversity and the different cultures that are in our society. We also have an equal opportunities coordinator within the nursery.

If your child has special educational needs we will meet with you to discuss their Individual Education Plans (IEP’s). With you permission we would then consult our local authority (FIRST Team) for specialist help i.e. speech and language etc. We would work with you to arrange for them to come in and observe your child in their nursery environment. Please see our Local Offer for more information.

Children who do not understand English will be offered words in their languages. Your child’s Key Person will ask you for some words to communicate with their children in their language.  We also have different resources which we use with the children that reflect diversity. 

At Fledglings we offer Spanish & French lessons for the children which are at no extra charge to the parents. This is delivered in the same way and within the ethos of the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is included in the fees. Our books, dressing up clothes and jigsaw puzzles also reflect what our society is about. Children learn about different cultures, the environment and how they can be proud of who they are. We also incorporate different cultures into our planning, for example Easter, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Ramadan and Christmas.