The Early Years Foundation Stage is the framework that sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five, when they attend an early years provider. The Early Years Foundation Stage continues until the end of the Reception Year in school.
Children do best when the professionals and parents work together towards positive outcomes.
There are four guiding themes which underpin work with young children.
A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
Early education and childhood information
Not only is early learning and childcare good for your child, it’s good for families and carers too.
Time is precious, so access to early learning or childcare increases your freedom to manage your work and family life in the best way possible, whatever your circumstances.
There are lots of options and you’ll need to work out the best arrangement for your child, your lifestyle and your pocket, but early learning and childcare is good for families.
What should my child be learning?
The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework (EYFS) sets out six key areas of learning. The activities your child takes part in should be based on these areas:
Areas of learning your child will experience:
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being imaginative
Personal, social and emotional development
- Making relationships
- Self-confidence and self-awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
Communication, language and literacy
- Listening, attention and understanding
- Reading and writing
- Moving and handling
- Health and safe-care
Knowledge and understanding of the world
- People and communities
- The world
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
Space, shapes and measure
How can I find out how my child is doing?
Speak to the setting staff. All children should have a key worker,a nd the key worker will probably know your child best. They are responsible for putting together information on how your child is learning and developing.
The following are really useful documents containing lots of information about stages of child development:
- Early Years Outcomes
- What to expect when – a parents guide
- Early Years and Childcare Statutory Guidance
GOV.uk has more information on the Early Years national curriculum.
2 Year Integrated checks
Age two is an important time for your child.
Any problems with language development and behaviour can start to be identified at this age.
If any problems are found, interventions can be more effective than they would be for an older child, making a real difference to a child’s future.
At two to two-and-a-half years your child will have a health and development review.
This is usually done by a nursery nurse or the health visitor, and could take place at home, in a baby clinic, at Visions Children's Centre, or your child's nursery if they're attending one.
They'll encourage you to talk about your child's progress and will help you with any concerns.
You may be asked to fill in a short questionnaire about your child's development.
It's best if both you and your partner are there. If your child attends an early years setting, such as a nursery or child-minder, the review may be linked to your child's early years progress check at age two.
The review will cover:
- general development, including movement, speech, social skills and behaviour, and hearing and vision
- growth, healthy eating, and keeping active
- managing behaviour and encouraging good sleeping habits
- tooth brushing and going to the dentist
- keeping your child safe
Early Education Funding
The Free Early Education Entitlement is available for 40% of our most disadvantaged 2 year olds, and all 3 and 4 year olds. The free entitlement offers 15 hours of early education over 38 weeks of the year. Some children attending Early Education and childcare throughout the year choose to stretch this funding over 51 weeks.
All Early Years providers must be registered by Ofsted. Children and families are able to access a wide variety of Early Years provision, which includes: Child-minders, Playgroups, Pre-schools, Day Nurseries and Schools located across the county.
Additional funding for 3 and 4 year olds - the Early Years Pupil Premium
What is the Early Years Pupil Premium?
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding available for investment in improving outcomes for some children. It is used to improve the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of your child, speak to your child’s nursery for further information and eligibility criteria or ring Rutland County Council, Learning and Skills Team 01572 722577.
Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families, it can also be a daunting time especially if it is your first child to start school. Schools and settings work closely to ensure children have a smooth and positive transition into school, this includes visits and meetings.
Continuity and sharing of information between parents, practitioners and between providers is key to supporting children through transitions.
When parents and carers pass on information to the setting or settings share information with parents it helps everyone to understand and be clear about what is important in the child’s life.
Children’s lives are made easier when everyone who is involved knows what has happened and what may be happening in the future.
Each local authority is responsible for co-ordinating the primary school admissions process for children resident within their local authority area. This means that as a resident of Rutland you must submit an application to Rutland County Council even if you wish to apply for a place at a school in another local authority area.
Help with costs
Disability Living Allowance can help you with the day-to-day costs of looking after a child with a disability.
You can find out about funding towards 2, 3 and 4 year old childcare, benefits and childcare vouchers on our help with childcare costs page.