At Puddleducks we understand the importance of games and play in early life, but also realise the need for consistent and quality teaching. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum must be followed by OFSTED registered providers, and sets the standard for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years.
Within the EYFS curriculum there are 7 areas of learning – Personal Social and Emotional, Communication and Language, Physical, Maths, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.
Practitioners are all trained to recognise the areas through play presented to them and how to age and stage the children’s abilities to ensure effective monitoring of development. Practitioners take factual observations of the children and their play and these build the child’s Tapestry profile, and give practitioners the information they need to evaluate the child’s stage of development. Development records are kept up to date, and regular reports support our strong communication with parents and carers, as well as ensuring early intervention if the child was struggling with any area of their development.
Each child is assigned a key person in line with the EYFS framework. The key person will work hard to build strong relationships with the child and parents, and will be responsible for tracking and monitoring the child’s development. Children will not be limited to interaction with adults, and all practitioners have good relationships with all the children in the setting. Key persons are carefully selected taking into consideration attendance days, personalities, families and who Puddleducks feel would be most suited to each individual child to ensure they reach their full potential during their time with us. Key persons usually remain for the child’s entire time at Puddleducks, however if it is considered to be in the best interests of the child to change key persons then Puddleducks will work effectively with the parent or carer to aid a smooth and informed transition.
The child’s key person will perform a ‘Baseline Check’ a few weeks after the child starts their journey at Puddleducks. This assessment is performed without the child being aware, and is built up from a series of observations taken by practitioners during the child’s play, and gives the key person a firm starting point for understanding the child’s needs and abilities. In this check practitioners will check Personal Social and Emotional, Communication and Language and Physical development, known as the Prime Areas of Learning.
Observation and assessment remains a strong part of the child’s time at Puddleducks, and practitioners complete regular reports of all area’s of learning, as well as hosting parents evenings.
Practitioners set achievable, yet challenging next steps for their key children, and achieve these with carefully planned activities around the curriculum. Children will have access to a learning opportunity in every area of learning during every session, and the adult led circle times may host more challenging activities, such as Rising 5 activities for our older, school-leaving age children.