The Early Years Framework

At Bowes Pre-school we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)Statutory Framework which was revised in April 2017.  This covers children's development and learning from birth to 5 years.  The EYFS is designed to deliver improved outcomes for all children, across every area of learning and development.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The EYFS sets the standards that all Early Years Providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.  It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and gives children the broad knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The EYFS seeks to provide:

* quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind

* a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly

* partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers

* equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and reviewed regularly

The EYFS sets out the Safeguarding and Welfare requirements which are the legal aspects that Bowes Pre-school must adhere to, to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.


Your child will be learning skills, aquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development.  We develop the 3 prime areas first as those are the most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.

These are:-

* Communication and Language

* Physical development

* Personal, Social and Emotional development

As your child grows, the prime areas will help them develop skills in the 4 specific areas.  These are:

* Literacy

* Mathematics

* Understanding the World

* Expressive Arts & Design

The childrens learning experiences are recorded in big floorbooks and individual learning journals both of which are available for parents to look at any time.

We ensure there are activities, experiences and opportunities to help children progress through the Learning Intentions set out in the EYFS. This will enable your child to be well on their way to achieving the expected goals, therefore giving them the best possible chance within school.

All children are entitled to the best start in life. Nurturing in an early years environment can enhance the children’s future educational experience. Bowes Pre-School, in conjunction with the government, is committed to ensure that the five outcomes for well-being are met in relation to the education and welfare of children.

Bowes Pre-School delivers the Every Child Matters outcomes to ensure that the provision for each child is personalised to meet the needs of the individual child.

The Pre-School often arranges outings and visits places of interest. This includes visits within the local community as well as trips further afield. You will always be told of any trips in good time and will be asked to sign a consent form if you wish your child to go, parents are also invited to attend all trips. We also welcome many varied visitors into Pre-School.




Our recent Outstanding OFSTED report stated that:

* The quality of teaching is exemplary.  Staff use their expertise to provide children with an educational programme that is extremely challenging, exciting and worthy of disseminating to others.  As a result, children make rapid progress in their learning and development.

* Staff are extremely warm, caring and nuturing and are dedicated to providing the best care for children.  Consequently, children are very settled, happy and grow in confidence.

* Procedures to protect children from harm are exceptionally robust and safeguarding is at the heart of all practice.  Staff demonstrate an extensive knowledge of their responsibilities with regards to recognising safeguarding concerns and dealing appropriately with them.

* The whole staff team, including committee members, have a strong determination to continually develop the provision.  Staff demonstrate great enthusiasm and passion for their role.  They closely monitor their practice and take highly-effective staps to ensure positive outcomes for children.

* Partnerships with parents and other professionals are extremely strong.  This results in a very successful two-way flow of information to support and extend children's learning and ensures they get the help and support they need to make the best progress possible.

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