What is EYFS and why is it such an important element of KidooLand's playgroup programme?
What is EYFS and why is it so important to KidooLand?
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework of Welfare, Learning and Development Requirements that stem from the British government’s Child Act 2006. These requirements are designed to accompany children in all school and child care facilities from birth to 5 years of age (the legal school age for children in the UK).
The philosophy behind EYFS is that “every child deserves the best possible start in life” and the EYFS framework provides a clearly defined set of standards that all child care facilities must meet in order to ensure that children “learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe”. Being located outside of the UK, KidooLand is not legally bound by the Child Act 2006. However, we wholeheartedly agree with this philosophy and we naturally agree with the 4 key principles of EYFS:
"every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates."
It is for this simple reason that KidooLand has chosen to apply the EYFS framework and standards to our Playgroup programme. By attending KidooLand’s Playgroups, children are both nurtured and stimulated in a safe, creative and innovative environment that promotes learning through play and helps children to grow in confidence.
Years of experience have proven that children who attend KidooLand’s playgroups are not only given an excellent foundation for their transition to school, but that they also have a wide variety of skills and knowledge that set them on the right path for life in general. Most importantly perhaps is that at KidooLand we encourage curiosity, creativity and positivity in all our students, from 2 to 16 years of age!
What can children expect to learn at KidooLand?
According to the EYFS framework, there are 7 areas of learning and development (3 prime areas and 4 specific areas) that must be applied to early years educational programmes. These are:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
The idea behind the 3 prime areas is that children need to first be encouraged and capable to learn. Their curiosity must be sparked, they must be able to communicate, they must be able to move around and explore their environment and use age appropriate tools, they must be able to relate to and interact with their parents, teachers, carers and other children. The development of these prime skills is essential for a child to be able to access the specific areas of learning and development. Depending on the age of the child, literacy may involve simply holding a book the right way around, then recognising letters, deciphering basic words using phonics and eventually, depending on the age and abilities of the child, reading short words and sentences. Maths activities will begin with singing nursery rhymes to learn numbers, playing simple games that involve numbers, adding and subtracting pieces etc.
At KidooLand, the children frequently do arts and crafts because these provide children with a fun framework within which they learn how to use scissors, how to hold a paint brush, how to hold and use a pen, colouring skills, sticking and gluing and at the end, they learn about tidying up after themselves! Of course, the pride that children feel upon creating something is also invaluable in building their confidence and self-esteem. It is for this reason that our Playgroup programme also includes cookery and gardening activities. Fine motor skills are learnt and honed using lacing activities, puzzles with pireces that gradually diminish in size and even lego bricks! Children learn best whilst having fun.
All the way through the KidooLand Playgroup programme, the 7 areas of learning and development are used and applied to the children according to their ages and abilities so that each child gradually builds up their knowledge and abilities in all 7 of the EYFS areas of learning and development, whilst also gaining in confidence and building their self-esteem.
The EYFS framework places emphasis on the importance of Early Years practitioners and parents working in partnership for the benefit of the child. At KidooLand we work with parents by:
Each month we tell you what we will be doing in Playgroup so you can ask your child specific questions about what they've done.
We tell you what your child has been doing with us at Playgroup and how they’ve been. We also appreciate it when you tell us a little of what your child has been up to at home! We provide regular reports, hold parent-teacher meetings and are available for private meetings if you have a particular concern about your child’s learning or development.
All our Playgroup children have busy books in which we store their work.” Busy books are sent home with the child for each holiday so that the child can show their parents, family and friends everything they’ve been doing.
The KidooLand Blog
Over the next few months, we will be publishing a series of blog posts aimed at clearly explaining how the EYFS framework is used by KidooLand and how it can be used by parents at home to support their child's learning and development. We will be offering concrete examples that parents can refer to and build on in order to give their child the best possible start in life. We will be highlighting important studies that teach us about child learning and development and if you have any questions about early years development and learngin, we will do our best to answer those too! Watch this space or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Introducing KidooLand's International Playgroup Programme...
At KidooLand, we are very proud of our playgroup programme and our teaching team.
Our playgroup is open 6 mornings a week (mon-sat) plus Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and with a ratio of 2 adults (1 leader + 1 helper) per 6 children, you can be sure that your children are getting first class care in a stimulating but safe environment. There are 3 levels of playgroup based on the children's ages so the EYFS based activities can be really targeted at helping each child grow in confidence, start to learn the basics (colours, animals, using a pen, pencil, paint brish, scissors etc..) and prepare for school. All of this, in English of course!
You can meet some of our fabulous playgroup teachers below: