The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework for learning, development and care for children from birth to five and the legislation that took effect from September 2006 was established under the Childcare Act.
The EYFS framework works on a number of principles, the importance of children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and reminds us of the importance of involving parents, which eyLog supports with our eyParent App.
eyParent app engages with parents and helps them to understand their child’s development on a more regular and real-time basis, through their child’s learning journey, even uploading their own observations. Parents can view their child’s observations, reports, daily diaries, accident/incident sheets, progress reports and view or send messages from/to the nursery.
Every childcare provider should apply the four guiding principles, to allow for quality and consistency in all early years settings, equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, and a secure foundation of opportunities for each individual child which are assessed regularly and reviewed;
- 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 staff and parents and/or carers.
- Children develop/learn in different ways and at different rates.
- Every child is a unique child, who is learning constantly and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Shaping the educational programme in every early years settings are the seven areas of learning which all derive from the guiding principles. These are separated into 3 prime areas and 4 key areas.
- Communication and Language Development
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Literacy Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design Development
eyLog provides the function to allow the observation sheets format to be customised to match your processes, so that staff find it easier to transition to eyLog. The comprehensive sections allow staff to add activity analysis, assessments, next steps and notes to ensure a thorough observation, whilst easily being able to select which area of the EYFS is being observed and the age related statements within those, that the child has achieved.