The Early Years Foundation Stage (birth to five years)

At Carleton Childcare we follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities, which are inspected and judged by Ofsted. The EYFS gives us as professionals a common set of principles and commitments that help us deliver quality early education and childcare experiences for all the children in our care.

How does Carleton Childcare implement the Early Years Foundation Stage?

We ensure that by following the EYFS:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in our setting, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


As Parents you can be assured that by following the EYFS we are preparing you child for an easy transition in to primary school as all schools also continue to follow the EYFS until the end of reception class.

News – Revised EYFS Framework in 2012

The revised EYFS comes into practice in September 2012 and our staff have already begun to receive training to ensure we have the most up to date skills available.

What we will be doing to implement the revised EYFS at Carleton Childcare –

  • Spend more time interacting with children to promote creative and critical thinking skills and early language and communication.
  • Encourage Mums and Dads to become more involved in their child’s development and to give ideas as to how they can support this development at home.
  • Identify as early as possible any additional needs a child may have and strengthen links with colleagues, such as health visitors, who can support these needs.
  • Share with parents a summary of their child’s progress between 2 and 3 years of age.
  • Focus the learning and development of the youngest children in the foundation years.

This will be completed by using the three prime areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication and language; and physical development

– Along with four specific areas of learning: literacy; mathematics; expressive arts and design; and understanding the world.

What does this mean?

As your chosen childcare provider it means that we will ensure your children

  • Learn whilst playing and making friends, forming long lasting relationships. The children learn to respect one another showing a range of feelings and behave appropriately whilst in our care, promoting confidence in their abilities, for example – working together to build a tower.
  • Develop confidence in expressing themselves learning to speak and listen in different situation and follow instruction for example – sharing news at carpet time.
  • Have opportunities to be active and interactive developing their co-ordination and movement. Make healthy choices at meal times. For example – choosing to play outside on the climbing frame.
  • Begin to understand sounds and letters choose books to read and look at igniting their interest in the written word. For example – sitting in the reading area looking at books.
  • Develop and improve their skills in counting and use shapes, space and measurement. For example – pouring and measuring in the water tray with containers.
  • Explore and play with a range of materials. Learn and practice music and movement, dance and role play, design and technology.For example – dressing up in school uniforms the term before school and playing ‘schools’ in the home corner.
  • Understand the world around them and become an active part of the community. For example – joining in with the local school sports day.

How will we keep you informed of your child’s progress in the EYFS?

At Carleton Childcare we have a number of ways in which we keep you informed of your child’s progress, you can access them all or choose the best way for you ;-

  • Keyworker – your child’s keyworker will communicate with you regularly on your child’s progress.  They can be seen in person or spoken to on the phone if you want to call.
  • Parent’s information evenings – these are held once a year and give a clear understanding on the care and education we provide.
  • We produce a comprehensive newsletter each term with details of what we are doing and how you can be involved at home.
  • Your child’s file contains significant events, comments and photographs of your child’s progression through the EYFS. This file can be seen at any time, just ask your keyworker.
  • Parents evening – we regularly hold parents evenings which give you the opportunity to come and look at your child’s file and ask your keyworker any questions.
  • On our website we have a news section where we tell you what we are up to.
  • The planning of education is located on a notice board by the kitchen, all activities and topics can be seen.
  • There is a parents notice board by the front door which displays ‘what we have done today’ with a clear list of activities and photos of the daily activities.
  • Daily go everywhere with me book, this is where you can add commnets as to what you have been doing at home and how we can enhance it at nursery and preschool.

Statutory guidelines – Policies and procedures

We have a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that complement the statutory guidelines from Ofsted. These are working documents that provide a guide to ensure the statutory guidelines are followed. Examples are risk assessments, health and safety and safeguarding children.

A full set of these policies are available for parents to view in the setting and form part of your induction when your child starts at the setting.