Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): Information for Parents
In September 2008, the government implemented an extensive programme of regulations, setting standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five – The "Early Years Foundation Stage" or EYFS. This was revised and the new framework came into force in September 2012. All settings, whether state schools, independent schools or nurseries and child-minders, must work within this statutory framework.
We have been looking at how we can work with the EYFS as a Steiner early years department without compromising our own principles and educational approach. The principles underpinning the EYFS are absolutely in tune with our understanding of young children.
These principles are:
The EYFS identifies three prime areas of learning and development:
And four specific areas:
During their time with us, children naturally make progress in all these areas. In order to take on board the EYFS, and at the same time, not compromise our educational approach, we have been granted exemptions from particular aspects. These are mainly around early literacy and IT. Further details are available upon request.
We complete the EYFS Profile for each child. It summarises children’s progress towards the early learning goals – this is a statutory obligation. We share this with parents at our annual parent conversations and often gain further insights through the parents' input at these meetings.
To find out more about the EYFS in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Settings click the button below: