Early Years Foundation Stage

Importance of the First Five Years

Think of your child as a sponge -- they will absorb all possible information around them at amazing speed. Which is why it's imperative to create an exciting and challenging environment for them. These first five years will form the fundamental building blocks of their future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement in school. This is also the time when they will learn how to interact, how to build and maintain social relationships. What they experience today is what they will exhibit tomorrow.

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is Outstanding

Children are excited to take part in all the activities the childminder plans and suggests for them. She knows them all extremely well. She plans activities that follow their interests and which promote their next steps in learning most effectively. Children are also highly motivated to take part in spontaneous activities. They become fully involved in construction activities. The childminder skillfully uses mathematical language and descriptive words to extend their vocabulary. She helps children to think about how they can solve problems for themselves. Children of different ages and abilities are able to make the most of the same activity because the childminder successfully differentiates during her individual interactions with them. Highly efficient, detailed observations and assessments of the progress each child makes links directly with the planning of activities, to continually build on what children already know and to widen their experiencesClick this text to start editing. This image and text block is great for descriptions about your business, products, or services. Double-click the image on the right to change it. You can also stack more of these blocks to describe items with imagery.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding

Children immerse themselves in the extremely well resourced and stimulating environment. The childminder encourages them to make choices about what they do and children are very confident to select their own toys and books. They are very familiar with the daily routines and their behaviour is excellent. They listen to the childminder who has a very consistent approach which helps children to know what is expected of them. Children rapidly develop an awareness of healthy lifestyles as they wash their hands at the sink and help to prepare their snack. They pour corn kernels into the popcorn maker, listen for the sound, and watch with wonder as the popcorn appears. Children show a very strong attachment to the childminder. Younger children snuggle into her when they are tired and readily fall asleep. Older children giggle along with the childminder as they make jokes together during their play.

Outcomes for children are Outstanding

Children make swift progress from their individual starting points. They are curious and very interested in all the activities. They form strong friendships and learn to show respect and care for one another. They are learning skills that help ensure they are extremely well prepared for starting school.

Effectiveness of the leadership and management is Outstanding

Effectiveness of the leadership and management is Outstanding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The childminder is very secure in her knowledge of how to protect children's welfare and to keep them safe. She keeps her detailed knowledge up to date through regular training in safeguarding. The childminder has highly effective procedures to monitor children's progress. She works very closely with parents to support them to seek involvement from other professionals if required. She rapidly identifies specific plans for activities to help children make the best progress they can. Very effective partnership working with other childcare provisions results in children receiving a highly consistent approach to their learning. This results in them making rapid progress and being very well prepared for the next stage in their learning

In My Setting

Each child is respected for their individuality, we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion

Everyday I plan and provide a fun, and stimulating day with a mixture of child initiated play, supported play, and constructed play.

Children learn and develop through imaginative play, their social interactions, by having fun by being both physically and mentally active, exploring new experiences, and building on experiences they have already had.

Children have regular activities, I also when planning take into account children's individual needs and interests, this is done by talking to parents, other agencies if involved, and ongoing observations and assessments.

  • I believe in working in partnerships with parents as essential for the well being of their child, so I greatly encourage involvement, and keep parents up to date with their child's progress, I have found that parents have particularly enjoyed the regular photographs taken of their child, of which I share daily. 
  • Time to talk about their child.
  • Work with other agencies
  • Giving copies of 2yr check.
  • I am passionate about Professional Development, and use them effectivity within my setting. 

Areas of Development within the Early Years Foundation Stage

Primary Areas of Development

  • Communication and Language Development
  • Personnel, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas of Development

These are areas which compliment the primary areas of development

  • Literacy
  • Math’s
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

So what do we do !!

  • Childrens Events, regular Bus Trips. 
  • Rhyme Time (At the library, interactive group songs, puppets)
  • Cutslowe Park, University Parks, Hinksey Park Oxford. Giant sand pit, water play, bug and butterfly house, play park, ducks. 
  • Water play, sand play
  • Cinema, Meals out. 
  • Local Children's Events. 
  • Art/Crafts age appropriate
  • Singing and story time at mine
  • Individual learning time
  • Junk modelling
  • Bouncy castle and soft play. 
  • Natural History Museum. 
  • Exploring walks. 
  • Train trips. 
  • Lots of Bus trips. 

The activities mentioned in the School Children Section will be included if they are with me, the children greatly benefit from being around the older children. I use a bus most days and occasionally a train.