The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Play underpins the EYFS. It also underpins learning and all aspects of children’s development.
Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults. Play takes place indoors and outdoors at Sherborne Qatar Preparatory School and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practice new ideas and skills, they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others. The role that adults have is crucial.
Adults provide time and space and appropriate resources. These might include clothes, boxes, buckets, old blankets that will inspire play and fire children’s imaginations. They observe play and join in when invited, watching and listening before intervening. They value play and provide safe but challenging environments that support and extend learning and development. At Sherborne Qatar Preparatory School we have four Pre-School and four Reception classes, in our EYFS.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Sherborne Qatar Prep School our aims are to:
- support children to make a planned, confident transition from home to school
- provide a happy, caring, safe and secure environment for learning
- plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of the children through a balanced provision of adult led and child initiated opportunities
- support children to become competent and confident learners so they are able to reach their full potential
- provide a broad and balanced high quality curriculum in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance
- foster positive home school links with parents.
Assessment in Nursery and Reception is carried out in line with the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ and staff observe the children to create a ‘learning journey’ which evidences the child’s progress through the Foundation Stage. Parents are invited in Term 2 and 3 in Pre-School and in Term 2 in Reception at the end of their child's 'Special Week' to see the journey and to add their own comments.