early years foundation stage (EYFS)

As a childcare provider we ensure that children are supported in seven areas of learning.  These areas shape the educational programmes that we offer and all learning is developed through fun and playbased activities. There are three prime areas and four specific areas, these stimulate children’s love of learning and build on their skills so that they can thrive, communicate, form relationships and learn.

We are very fortunate to have an Early Years Professional/Teacher at Sticky Fingers who has the joint role of being the deputy manager.  Catherine provides support for staff members, co-ordinates all the childcare and educational play programmes and monitors children’s development to ensure that children are developing as expected for their age.  Where additional support is required we have access to support from family services, behaviour support services our Area SENCO (special educational needs coordinator), physiotherapists and speech & language therapists.  Over the years we have supported quite a few children who need specialist care and by providing additional support and individual developmental programmes the children have joined mainstream school alonside their peers.

The three prime areas of learning (all children in the early years foundation stage)

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

The four specific areas of learning (children 2+ years)

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The principles which guide the work of our team

  • The Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who is resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
  • Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending childrens development and learning.
  • Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected “Good planning is key to making childrens learning effective, exciting, varied and progressive” (EYFS).
  • Observe, plan, evaluate – The EYFS planning always follows the same pattern – observe – what are the children doing, what can they already do and what do they like to do?. The next step in our planning for the day is to build on what children can already do and what we discover they enjoy the most, in this way children are increasing their skills whilst having fun.  From a very early age children can communicate their preferences and this is the basis of our planning.  Our day is primarliy spontaneous and the children tell us what they want to play with. At the end of the day we evaluate – has it been fun? What have we and the children learnt? and What shall we do to increase these opportunities and make them even better?