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Early Years Foundation Stage

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

This is the curriculum of learning on which we base our practice. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a comprehensive statutory framework that sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five.

All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident their child will receive a quality experience that supports their care, learning and development.

So what does this mean for you and your child?

For all children learning begins at birth. The EYFS will help our practitioners provide appropriate play experiences to enable your child to develop in all areas. It will enable practitioners to recognise your child’s strengths and the areas they need more support in to develop new skills. For young children it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings, this is aided by having a ‘Key Person’ within the setting who gets to know you and your child well and builds a positive relationship with you both.

The EYFS means that wherever your child is being cared for or educated between 0-5 years they will be following the same set of principles, they will be offered a ‘principled play based approach to learning and development’. Young children learn best through play and our Early Years Practitioners will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them develop new skills.

The activities that are provided for your child will underpin the skills they need to develop in the following areas :

Prime areas -
Communication and Language – CL
Personal Social & Emotional Development – PSED
Physical Development – PD

Specific areas -
Literacy – L
Mathematics – M
Understanding the World – UW
Expressive Arts and Design – EAD

The link below provides further information for parents regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Safeguarding & Promoting Welfare

At Alphabet Day Nursery we are committed to the Safety and Welfare of all children in our care. We have named Designated Lead Practitioners (DLP) within the nursery who have specific training on safeguarding matters and will ensure this is of paramount importance in all aspects of our work. All staff are thoroughly vetted prior to starting work with the children and are kept up to date in ongoing training on Safeguarding.

They understand their role and have a responsibility to the children. Please see our policies and procedure with important information and contact numbers should you have any concerns about a child’s safety or wellbeing.

Our Policies and Prospectus:

Our full Policy and Procedures are available to view when you visit.
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Our Ofsted Report:

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