We have a Learning Journey, or Early Years Foundation Stage Record, for each child at Monkey Puzzle West Norwood.
The purpose of this is to capture important information about your child’s learning as they develop and grow, from birth until the end of reception.
The record is designed to:
All settings across the country follow the curriculum within the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is planned in four themes:
The 3 Prime Areas of development:
The three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
4 Specific Areas of development:
The areas of learning are then further divided into sub areas. Here is where you will see observations and examples of children’s work. Each child’s record is special and unique to them, showing snapshots of what children are saying and doing as they play and explore.
Alongside each observation, you will see the phrase ‘Next steps’. These consider what has just been observed and will state the area of development that will be a future focus of learning for the child. ‘Next Steps’ often relate to the child’s current interest in life or what they love doing the most, as this can be a great way to extend activities or interests and even introduce something new!
During your child’s time in the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’
- There are no tests and no comparison with other children. Your child’s learning is individual and unique.
- A ‘Key Person’ will be allocated to your child and this will be shared with you as soon as possible after your child starts and when they move from one room to another. As well as establishing, developing and maintaining a strong and personal relationship with you and your child, they will be ultimately responsible for their care, learning and In the absence of your child’s key person all the team in the room work together to ensure your child’s needs are met, the same as any other day. We aim at all times to provide you with consistency of care.
- Learning takes place in many different situations and on a number of occasions. In order that this record is a true reflection of your child’s learning and development, observations are welcome from you and your child and any other adults involved with your child as well as our practitioners here. This will help us make sure we include current interests and favourite topics in our planning.
- This record will be shared with you and your child twice a year following our parents’ evenings. This record is also available for you to see at any time on the premises during opening hours so please just ask.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Guide
- All the sub areas of learning have a number of ‘stepping stones to learning’ before the children work on their Early Learning goals
- These ‘stepping stones’ are detailed in the curriculum with overlapping age categories to allow for flexibility in each child learning and so not to categorise a child’s stage of development by their chronological age. These categories are:
0-11 months, 8-20 months, 16-26 months, 30-50 months, 40-60 + months
If you have any further questions about the EYFS Curriculum please do not hesitate to ask your child’s Room Leader or the Nursery Manager and we will be happy to discuss this with you.