Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a ‘PLAY’ - based curriculum that all children follow until the end of their reception year.
At Highmore Hedgehogs, children have the opportunity to play indoors or outside (whatever the weather) and can freely move between the different environments. A wide range resources and activities are available for children to explore and investigate such as:
● Play Dough
● Imaginative Play
● Mark making
● Messy Play (lots of this!)
... And many other activities that are appropriate to the 7 areas of learning. These are as follows:
PRIME AREAS OF LEARNING
Personal, social & emotional development
Communication & language
SPECIFIC AREAS OF LEARNING
Understanding the world
Expressive arts & design
When your child starts at Hedgehogs, they begin another stage of the ‘Learning Journey’, that takes place throughout their life.
During the time that your child is with us, we carry out observations, record information and take photographs of them while they are playing and joining in activities.
At hedgehogs, we use a system of electronic learning journals called Tapestry. This allows us to record and track childrens learning and can be shared with parents in ‘real time’, through secure emails. Parents will be able to add their own comments and photographs and contribute valuable information to their child’s learning journal.
It is a way to record special moments and to keep parents involved in a partnership, as children blossom and grow.
Assessment & Progress
Assessment plays an important part in helping parents, carers and staff to understand children’s needs and to support and plan for future learning.
At Highmore Hedgehogs, we are committed to working in partnership with our parents, sharing information and discussing how we can help to support the continuation of learning at home.
It is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage, that an integrated review of progress is made for children aged 24 - 36 months. This involves sharing information with your health visitor and local children's centre.
Each child’s key person will provide a short written summary, which will be discussed and agreed with parents. This will be used to highlight area in which a child is progressing well and areas where additional support might be needed.
At the end of each term, you will receive a summary via Tapestry that explains your child's learning and developmental progress, to which you will be able to add your own comments.