How is the EYFS met through the care provided?
In the UK how a childminder provides adequate care within their home is measured by the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). Within the EYFS there are the Safeguarding and Welfare requirements that we must provide as they ensure that we are keeping your child safe whilst caring for them. As well as these requirements the EYFS defines what we must do as a childminding service whilst working closely with parents to ensure your child continues to learn and develop under our care.
Here are some examples of how we aim to promote your child’s learning and development across all essential areas:
Gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination and health can be promoted when children are:
– climbing frames
– making dens
– crawling under drapes
– kneading the dough for our bread or helping to chop the fruit and vegetables
– drawing using the block wax crayons
– eating healthy foods
– dressing into their coats and wellies before we go outside.
Communication and Language
Listening, paying attention, understanding and speaking are all promoted when the children are speaking freely and listening to one another during their play and our mealtimes. They learn by mimicking myself and other staff, acting as positive role models, whilst we are talking and explaining things to the children and during our story telling and ring times.
Personal, Social and Emotional
To develop in this area children must feel safe and be encouraged to express their feelings freely. By respecting and listening to each other’s views and allowing children the space and opportunity to interact with one another, a child’s self-awareness, self-confidence and social development is being promoted.
This is developed when we give time to enjoy looking through our different books with interest, and when children join in with singing songs and rhymes at ring time. This also occurs when children are encouraged to make marks in the sand or draw with chalk/wax crayons and give meaning to the marks they are making.
This area is promoted when we are baking and measuring ingredients, when we are chopping and dividing or when we are counting during tidying or when we are laying the table. It also comes through our language when we are talking about ‘bigger’ or ‘smaller’ objects or ‘adding to’ and taking away’ or even when we are ‘guessing how many’ during our play. Making different shapes with pebbles and shells and completing puzzles also contributes towards this area of learning.
Understanding the world
This comes when the children are speaking about themselves and their families and when they’re showing an interest in others around them. It is also present when we tend to, plant and grow the different fruits and vegetables in our garden and enjoy watching all the wonderful creatures like the birds and the bees, the snails, slugs and worms. This comes when we explore our environment, try new foods and celebrate the different festivals and when we enjoy the change in the weather and see the change in our seasons.
Expressive arts and design
The children develop in this area when they draw with wax crayons or model using clay and beeswax, when they’re singing songs and enjoying the movements or during ring time, whilst they play and makes sounds with the musical instruments, or when they engage in creative play such as making a ship and pretending to be pirates.
Sharing with you what your child gets up to…
While we are with your child we will regularly observe them and through working closely with you gain an understanding of how they like to learn. In order to keep parents actively involved in their child’s learning and development we use an approved online tool which allows for easy, rapid sharing of photos and written observations detailing what your child has been getting up to. This gives you the opportunity to witness your child’s progress only minutes after it has happened and then make comments or provide any feedback if desired.