Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage Page...
We hope you find this area informative and a place that you can find out about the curriculum and the daily practise of your early years child.
We are also taking part in a new initiative called 'Word Aware' which encourages children to learn about words. The key words to learn for the week will either be displayed in our nursery, sent home on our topic sheets or on the bottom of your child's weekly spelling sheet. Please encourage your child to learn the words by saying them in a sentence, finding them in books and then explain to others what the words mean.
At Cotmanhay Infant and Nursery school we understand that we are legally required to comply with certain welfare requirements as stated in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (September 2021).
The EYFS seeks to provide:
• quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
• a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly
• partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
• equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported 4. The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. The learning and development requirements cover:
• the areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children in all early years settings
• the early learning goals that providers must help children work towards (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five)
• assessment arrangements for measuring progress (and requirements for reporting to parents and/or carers)
We understand that we are required to:
Assessment in the early years...
We are currently using OTrack and Class DoJo for our assessment of the children in early years.
We capture photos of the children and track their progress creating an on-going portfolio's that parents can follow.
Each parent has a unique login that cannot be accessed by anyone else. This is a secure area and you will be able to view your child's learning journey only.
Assessment takes place in the Early Years Foundation Stage through ongoing observations some are made on an online program called Class DoJo which contributes to each pupil’s Learning Journey. Parents are encouraged to be part of this process and are asked to send photographs and descriptions of their child’s experiences.
The Learning Journey’s/ Portfolio's help to inform future planning and are used to support a detailed final report at the end of the year in the Bears Nursery, the Two Year Development report in the Cubs Nursery and in Reception at the end of the year. Each child’s next steps are shared regularly with parents.
There are more formal assessments which are competed at the end of each term which focus on key skills in mathematics and literacy. Each child starts a 'Best Book' in Nursery, and a sample of work is collected each term to reflect the child's achievement, ability and progress. This is continued into school and is given to the parents at the end of the reception year.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of the following:
* Two Reception classes and one mixed Reception and Year One class with a teacher and teaching assistant in each class.
* A 52 place Nursery for 3-4 year olds called the Bears Nursery with a teacher and four teaching assistants.
* A 16 place Nursery for 2-3 year olds called the Cubs Nursery with four highly qualified teaching assistants.
ALL OF OUR TEACHING ASSISTANTS IN THE EYFS ARE TRAINED TO AT LEAST A LEVEL 3 LEVEL.
How to help your child learn the phonemes.
We use Letters and Sounds with Super Phonics to teach phonics in our school. We often are asked about how to pronounce the letters and what we say to help pupils form the letters. Here are some videos to support you with this and also with your child's reading and writing at home.
We have many different enrichment opportunities in our Early years.
Please click on the link above to find out more about what we offer.