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The EYFS Explained


There are so many nursery curriculums available including Montessori, Reggio Emillia, Steiner and the well known British EYFS Curriculum. A large number of nurseries in Abu Dhabi use the British EYFS Framework Curriculum as the foundation to deliver their curriculum. Therefore understanding the what nursery or preschool to send your child can be a mine field of confusing information. So let us help provide some clarity.

Children’s early years experiences contribute hugely to their development and ultimately prepares them for the various experiences that they will encounter as they grow. Children between the ages of 0-5 learn at extraordinary pace and providing an all-round, child focused approach is the most beneficial to their development.

The Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS)curriculum was designed by the English government to provide a solid framework for practitioners. It is an integrated approach to learning and is a curriculum that is designed specifically for children aged 0 to 5 to learn the skills that they are capable of.

Children are active learners and that learning primarily takes place through PLAY. The EYFS is compiled with that philosophy in mind. It provides children with the opportunity to develop emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively. The areas and progress of the curriculum are monitored according to the children’s individual needs and abilities.

The Seven Areas of Learning in the EYFS

The following seven areas are observed by practitioners to support children’s learning. The EYFS is comprised of three prime areas: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development. The curriculum also includes four specific areas: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development:This area of the curriculum supports children in learning how to interact with others and making friends. The children are provided with a plethora of opportunities to develop their individuality and independence while understanding their different emotional states.
  • Communication and Language:This area of the EYFS is focused on promoting the children’s listening and attention, understanding and speaking skills. Young children need lots of opportunities to have conversations and need to be presented with exposure to new vocabulary.
  • Physical Development: This is the third prime area of the curriculum and suggests how young children gain control of their bodies. It also includes relevant insight on keeping children healthy, as well as using equipment safely and successfully.
  • Mathematics:In this area of the curriculum, children learn about quantity and numbers and start building rudimentary knowledge of basic shapes and measurements.
  • Literacy:Children are taught how to read and write, as they gain the ability to recognise and distinguish between phonemic sounds.
  • Understanding the World:Children are provided with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the world around them. They begin to develop an awareness of different creatures, plants, and objects.
  • Expressive Arts and Design:This area of the curriculum allows children to express themselves through colourful drawings, paintings and fun activities, while improving their cognitive and creative abilities.

The Role of a Key Person in the EYFS

All children in an EYFS setting have a designated key person. The key person is the child’s acting caregiver, with the sole responsibility of ensuring that the children are safe and well taken care of during their early years.

  1. A Key Person is responsible for understanding the children within their care and should be able to sensitively respond to each child’s vast needs.
  2. A Key Person is responsible for building a close relationship with the children, as well as their parents and carers.
  3. Key workers are responsible for providing parents and carers with the information about the children’s progress and development.

Children develop best when they have someone in addition to their parents, whom they can trust. A Key Person working alongside parents and carers helps further facilitate that learning process.

Would Your Child Benefit from the EYFS?

Many of the skills that we use as adults were developed in the first few years of our lives. When learning these skills are made safe, easy and fun, they lay the foundations for a bright future. We can see early on the skills children develop and we see the potential future engineers, scientists, mathematician, writers, leaders, engineers, IT specialists and Medics.

The EYFS focuses on the major areas of learning that the children need for their growth and development. The guidelines are flexible enough that they can easily be moulded by practitioners to suit the needs of the children.

The EYFS curriculum is a very popular choice, with more and more parents opting for it.

At Windsor Early Years Nursery, we pride ourselves on implementing a pure British Curriculumthat is supported by most International Schools in Abu Dhabi. If a child attends Windsor and returns to the UK a child re-entering the British Educational system will enter into exactly the curriculum program. The Windsor Early Years Nursery has a number of links with a number of International Schools as is able to support you with your school selection.

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