The Institute of Education says that there is huge support for the Early Years Foundation Stage among early years practitioners following a study carried out by the Government to assess the popularity of EYFS among the groups of people working within the framework. It seems the majority of people who work with children are very happy with the framework and the guidance that the EYFS provides. Great changes are not required.
The Areas of Learning and Development were seen as largely appropriate although teachers did note that the focus seemed to be on numeracy, literary and communication rather than social, personal and emotional goals.
Assessing children, especially the younger ones, was also seen as difficult and following development of each child was not always deemed appropriate.
We hope that for all childminders, services such as ToucanLearn help! If you aren't already signed up to our EYFS activity programme, sign up FREE now!
There's no doubt that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements place a huge burden on childminders and teachers, but linking your activities to the EYFS and planning topics in advance need not be as difficult as you might imagine. Every activity you choose to undertake with babies and toddlers will have some learning benefits, and it's usually pretty easy to stretch activities to cover almost any of the areas of learning and devlopment.
Let's look at three basic activities, and see how we can adjust them to cover all six of the areas of learning and development.
(1) Finger Painting
Sit your little one down with a large sheet of paper and some poster paints, and ask them to create a 'picture' dipping their fingers in the paint and drawing on their canvas. You can easily cover each of the areas of learning and development:-
(2) A Walk in the Park
Take a stroll out to your nearest park and observe what's happening around you, at the same time, covering all the areas of learning and development:-
(3) Make-Believe Restaurant
Set up a restaurant with your little one(s), pretend you have a nice restaurant, beautiful tables, and lots of customers. Pretend to make and serve food, and let's see how we can fit it to those areas of learninf and development once more:-
All of the activities we present in ToucanLearn are tagged with the key areas of learning and development they support, we flag the specific focus areas within each area that they compliment. However, with just a little bit of imagination, you can expand any activity to cover almost any of the areas of learning and development.
Why don't you decide on a theme to pursue each week? It might be counting, shapes, colours, animals, countries or anything else. Choose a theme, and adjust each activity you undertake to fit in with the theme. It's easier than you might think, and you'll have a lot of fun together at the same time!
The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is a set of guidelines provided by the government to set the standards for the learning, development and care of children. It covers babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from birth to age 5.
It gives childminders, carers and nurseries guidelines within which they can care for and guide the children. It provides targets for children and a means by which to measure a child's progress.
There are six Areas of Learning and Development defined in the Early Years Foundation Stage. These are as follows:
Since 2008 all childminders registered in England who look after children must deliver the EYFS and be inspected by OFSTED. Although childminders are trained professionals, its not restricted to them alone and parents can also learn a great deal from the EYFS and the guidelines it offers.
All of ToucanLearn's activities are linked to the EYFS Areas of Learning and Development which means premium members can search for activities within each area and encourage and entertain their children with appropriate crafts, games and activities.
The EYFS makes it easy for childminders and parents to see what each child should be doing. ToucanLearn gives a practical implementation and a whole lot of fun!
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