Early Years Foundation Stage

MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATUTORY FRAMEWORK FOR THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE 2014 (EYFS)

OFSTED & EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)

Picnics After School Club is committed to meeting the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014 (EYFS). EYFS applies to all children from birth through to the end of their reception year. More information about EYFS is available from the Department for Education’s website. There is a designated EYFS coordinator at the Club is who is responsible for:

Identifying EYFS children and informing other staff
Determining the primary EYFS provider for each child
Assigning a key person for each EYFS child
Ensuring the effective exchange of EYFS information
Agreeing information sharing policies with the primary EYFS provider
Liaising with the primary EYFS provider to discuss support

ALWAYS FOLLOWING PLAY PRINCIPLES

The Club provides a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. The Club always follows play principles, allowing children to choose how they occupy their time, and never forces them to participate in a given activity. We recognise the four overarching principles of EYFS:

A Unique Child: Every child is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured. We use positive encouragement and praise to motivate the children in our care.

Tailored Experiences: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The EYFS framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. We tailor the experiences we offer the children in our care according to their individual needs and abilities.

Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families.

Enabling Environments: Children learn and develop well in environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and where there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers. We observe children in order to understand their current interests and development before planning appropriate play-based activities for them.

STATUTORY FRAMEWORK

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014): Before/after school care and holiday provision [3.40] and Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Information for parents and carers [3.73]