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Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five

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Smile and Shine, Childminding, Finchley

My setting is designed in a way that it covers the seven areas of learning and development. Every week we plan a range of activities that are based on the children's developmental needs and interests. These help the children to progress in all areas of learning and development. All equipment and toys are child friendly and kept within easy reach of the children.

Personal, Social and Development: I have a dedicated role-play corner and children are encouraged explore and role-play. This area includes a mini cooking set for tea parties, a dressing up area, a karaoke player where they sing songs, a doctor set, puzzles, etc.  These activities develop their Personal Social Emotional skills and at the same time promote British Values.

Physical Development: My setting is based on a free-flowing concept which opens into a large garden. Children learn independence and confidence being able to use the different areas as they like. I have also introduced Zumba dancing for the children which helps with their gross motor skills and overall physical development. My setting is designed in a way that everything is easily accessible to the children.

Communication and Language: I have a book corner and children with a large collection of childrens books. I encourage children to take home a book of their choice on Friday’s so parent’s can read this book to them thereby working in partnership with parents. The children can also play with picture card games, dominoes, buckaroo, etc. I do puzzles with children which are based on phonics for the older children and pictures for the younger children. During activities together, we introduce new words to develop their vocabulary. Sometimes we go to shop from the super market and the older children have to remember what all things they have to buy.

Literacy: I do lots of activities involving books, easel, magnetic letters, picture cards, puzzles, mark making with lotion, etc to promote literacy skills.

Mathematics: Activities are done such as chopsticks to pick up beads from a bowl, transferring the pasta, connect games, marble run game, stencils with numbers, puzzle with numbers, picture cards, fish and frog game, rings with pipe cleaner, lids to promote heuristic play and sorting them in the basket (small, big and the biggest).

Expressive arts and designs: The children love musical instruments, using beads, pompoms, doing sticking activity, using glue, lots of glitter, creative art work using their imagination, going in the garden and making a snail house. Playing with water, which involves washing toy cars, playing with the bubbles, doing science experiments.

Understanding the world: I have designed an animal corner where children love going and exploring animals from around the world. The collection includes dinosaurs, sea animals, birds, wild animals, farm animals and mini-beasts.  I also have books about different people, cultures, places of the world and of animals. The children love outdoor activities like looking for spiders and their webs or looking for snails in the garden. We also arranged a visit from the Wild Science Animal Handling Workshop. This included introducing the children to different live animals and teaching them about nature.

My staff and I are all DBS checked and have completed all the relevant Ofsted courses. Furthermore, I encourage them to attend regular seminars/ training so that we are all up to date with the latest policies and guidelines. I have subscribed to Pacey, Nursery world and work alongside Local Authority Childminder Coordinators, who visit me regularly, observe my practice and give me recommendations to improve.

All the learning journals for the children are completed online using “Tapestry Journal”. I ensure that within a few weeks of joining I complete an “observed starting point” assessment for each child. This assists me in understanding what stage each child is at when it comes to the seven areas of EYFS. I discuss this with the parents and thereafter plan activities accordingly. Every 12 weeks, I complete and send parents a 12 week progress report so that together we get a can see of how the child is developing. Curriculum and activities are then planned accordingly after discussion with parents as a good partnership with parents is very important for a child’s development. Regular observations of activities done through the week are also done and sent to parents so they are kept fully aware of what their child has been doing.