Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Dundonald School aims to provide children with a positive, successful, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate learning experience, in a safe, healthy and secure environment.
We aim to develop children’s self-confidence and independence as well as increasing their respect for themselves and others. We seek to develop positive attitudes towards learning where children demonstrate curiosity, persistence and self-motivation. We promote children’s appreciation of their own achievements and that of others.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning:
1) Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Making relationships
- Self-confidence and self-awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
2) Physical Development
- Moving and handling
- Health and self-care
3) Communication and Language
- Listening and attention
- Shape, space and measure
6) Understanding the World
- People and communities
- The world
7) Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being imaginative
EFYS Statutory Framework (Department for Education)
EYFS Development Statements
At Dundonald Early Years Practitioners use Development Matters to support the early learning of young children as part of daily observation, assessment and planning. It can also be used at points during the EYFS as a guide to making best-fit summative judgements. The age/stage bands overlap because these are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development. When using Development Matters it is however important to remember that babies, toddlers and young children develop at their own rates and in their own ways.
The EYFS development statements and their order are not necessary steps for every child and should not be used as checklists.