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Early Years

Learning begins at birth for all children. It is from birth to five that we see the greatest growth and learning for all children. Early learning is the key to your child’s future and families make the greatest difference at this stage. 

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The EYFS is a stage of children’s development from birth to the end of their first (reception) year in school.  At West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School, the Early Years stage covers Nursery and Reception.

The EYFS framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning.

It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life.

Early Years

There are 7 areas of learning:

  • Personal. Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The learning environment is very important and is set up for all areas of learning. We like to use bright colourful displays to create a stimulating environment.

Assessing children's progress

Throughout the EYFS, we value sharing observations of the children's learning with parents. This allows parents to have a fuller understanding about how their child is progressing. We use an email system linked to our EYFS assessment programme called 2Simple.  Each child has their own ‘Learning Journal’ on 2Simple, which tracks individual learning and achievement, through collections of children’s work, photos and observations which create a detailed picture of the child. Observations from 2Simple are shared periodically through emails, and parents are invited to send any of their home-based learning observations back to the school. This enables both home and school to have a holistic overview of the child.

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