Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all Early Years' providers must meet. EYFS sets out the standards for learning, growth, development and care of children from birth to five years old.
The EYFS gives parents and carers confidence that the statutory commitments and principles that underpin your child's learning and development experience are fully supported and implemented.
The EYFS consists of three prime areas and four specific areas of development.
Whilst we implement the EYFS framework, we at First Day Nursery Hackney, believe the child creates the curriculum, and the adult delivers the curriculum.. Our holistic approach allows us to consider the following principles inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach:
- Children are capable of constructing their own learning.
- Children are collaborators and learn through interaction within their others surrounding them.
- The room environment acts as the third teacher.
- Practitioners are nurturers, and are guides who help facilitate the exploration of children's interests.
- Parents are partners in children’s learning and development.
The EYFS outlines the stages children progress through in the three prime areas and four specific areas of development as they work towards the Early Learning Goals.
At First Day Nursery, we follow the EYFS and staff receive regular training and support in all EYFS issues.
Our Learning Experiences
At First Day Nursery Hackney our Holistic approach allows us to pay great attention to the look and feel of each room within the nursery. The environment is considered a 'third teacher in our nursery'. The staff organise each room for both small and large group activities.
The three rooms in the Nursery building are as follows; Baby Room (1-2 years old), and two Toddler Rooms (2-3 years old).
The two rooms in the Pre-School building are for the Preschool age group. (3-5 years old).
Our indoor environments provide spaces where children can access various stimulating learning experiences and a variety of resources to investigate.
We provide quiet places to rest and reflect, communication-friendly spaces to talk with peers, areas to spark creativity and imagination, resources to use for questioning and counting, sensory experiences to explore and places to read and write.
At First Day Nursery Hackney, our outdoor learning is inspired by Forest School philosophy, this allows us to offer children the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning. Children learn about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities.
We provide a unique outdoor place to up lift physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Children have access to a fish pound, vegetables gardens, and flower gardens, go on natural hunts collecting natural objects and many more nature base activities. Through our garden space and outdoor experiences we support independence, adventure, confidence, and self-esteem of each unique child.
The children go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the four seasons and environmental changes. The children's interests and the natural resources in our garden stimulate creative thinking, problem-solving, and skill development, all through play.
Special Educational Needs and Disability
At First Day Nursery Hackney we are committed to the inclusion of all children. We naturally scaffold children’s learning through their own interests, needs and through their personal development. We believe all children have the right to access positive experiences and fulfill their emotional, physical, social, wellbeing.
Marian as well as our Lead Manager, is also our 'Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator' (SENCO) who works alongside parents/carers, the child’s key person and other professionals involved to make sure the additional needs of a child are identified and responded to promptly, with support put in place.
(Click here) to learn more about Hackney Early Year SEN services for children with disabilities or additional needs.
The four specific areas of development are:
- Numbers: This is about children’s understanding of numbers and calculations and their ability to solve problems.
- Shape, Space and Measures: This is about children exploring a range of mathematical activities including time, money, space, distance, speed, weight, capacity, position, patterns, etc.
- Reading: This is about children’s exposure to a wide range of books, rhymes, stories, role play with puppets, magazines, comics and other written documents.
- Writing: This is about children’s developing phonic understanding which develops as they are exposed to the written words, and start to give meaning to the marks they make.
Understanding the World development
- People and community: This is about how children learn about the people and communities in which they live and their growing understanding of diversity in the world around them.
- The world: This is about living things (animals, plants, mini-beasts, sea creatures), communities in the world around us and similarities and differences between the natural and man-made.
- Technology: This is about children’s early exploration of technology to learn about cause and effect- buttons and flaps, remote controlled cars, etc. leading on to exploration of ICT-computers, cameras and digital media.
Expressive Arts and Design development
- Exploring and using media and materials: This is about children exploring the world around them through a wide range of arts and crafts, including music and dancing.
- Being imaginative: This is about children using their imaginations to bring the world around them alive. It covers areas of provision such as role play, dressing up, drama, music and dance, technology, stories with puppets, etc.