At Puddleducks we understand the importance of games and play in early life, but also realise the need for consistent and quality teaching and have carefully devised an education program that is the perfect blend of adult led learning and in the moment planning. 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, ensuring a good standard of teaching is available to everyone.

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 access the children’s abilities to recognise their development and initiate any early interventions if required.

Practitioners build relationships with the children and observe and scaffold the learning, offering opportunity to extend the outcome and further develop the learning intention where possible. Practitioners observe the children and their play, and record Wow Moments to share with families and build the child’s Tapestry profile.

Practitioners understand and know all of their key children without the need for paper based evidence meaning they are able to give better attention and focus to the children within their care. Practitioners will be able to answer questions about their children and produce information regarding their development level and progress. Development records are kept up to date, and reports support our strong communication with parents and carers for better results and tracking of 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.

The Early years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework can be found here.