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Parents guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)

The Early Years is how we describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Romsey Centre Pre-school delivers the EYFS to all children in our care.

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in early years settings to help your child grow, learn and develop at their own pace as an individual.

There are 7 areas of learning and development which guide our engagement with your child’s play and activities to support them as they learn new skills and gain knowledge.

The Seven Areas Of Learning & Development Are:

01. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We support children to develop a sense of themselves, social skills and respect for others. We understand that a child’s emotional well-being and self-esteem needs to be strong in order to help them understand and manage their feelings and behaviour.

02. Physical Development

We support children in developing both fine motor and gross motor skills. They have the chance to be active and interact with things to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement.

03. Communication and Language

We support children in developing listening and understanding as well as speaking and communicating. We give children opportunities to build these skills and gain confidence to use them in a range of situations.

04. Literacy

We support children in learning the skills needed for reading and writing.

05. Mathematics

We support children to develop their understanding of numbers, calculating, shapes, space and measures.

06. Understanding The World

We support children in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them make sense of their world. They are able to explore creatures, people, plants and objects. We explore and celebrate different festivals from around the world to enhance children’s understanding of diversity.

07. Expressive Arts and Design

We support children in developing their creativity by providing a range of opportunities, materials and media in which to express themselves and use their imaginations. The children are encouraged to explore and share their thoughts, feelings and ideas.

For New Parents

New Starters

The first step to your child joining pre-school is to come and visit us and see for yourself how our setting works. We can answer any questions you have and show you around our facility.

Once you are happy we ask you to complete a registration form and your child will be offered a space or be placed on our waiting list (Subject to availability).

Starting at pre-school is a big step in a child’s life and we are here to support both children and parents to make this move as easy and enjoyable as possible.

This partnership begins with a home visit where we come to see you and your child at home. We believe that our first encounter with parents and children is crucial in helping to form a positive alliance between home and pre-school. Parents have valuable knowledge about their child which will help us to provide appropriate experiences for children at pre-school.

Your child’s key person will be working with you to plan for your child’s first few weeks at pre-school. There are shorter settling in sessions before their first full session so you and your child get to visit us and spend time with staff and children.

Your child’s key person will be with you all the way and will be able to answer any queries you may have.