About Us

Planning, Observations and Assessments

We aim to provide a personalised and exciting approach to learning, consulting children and following their interests.

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Ofsted commented in our latest inspection "Children make rapid progress because staff have a very good understanding of how children learn. They accurately assess children's progress and plan and provide activities to promote their development. Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities receive excellent support from staff so that they make significant progress in their learning."

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age five. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of five, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun, and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

EYFS Framework

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. The full document can be found at http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and developing.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are :

  • Communication and Language (CL);
  • Physical Development (PD) and
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are :

  • Literacy (L);
  • Mathematics (M);
  • Understanding the World (UW);
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)  

These 7 areas are used to plan your child's learning and activities, which are suited to your child's unique needs.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both inside and outside. These are known as the 3 characteristics of effective learning.

Progress Checks

It is important that you and the professionals caring for your child work together to benefit your child. Your child will be assigned a Key Person. This is the person who :

  • Is your main point of contact
  • Helps your child to become settled, happy and safe
  • Is responsible for your child's care, development and learning
  • Takes a careful note of your child's progress, sharing this with you and giving you ideas as to how to help your child at home.

Your child will receive a Progress Check at two years, and at the end of the Reception Year at school there will be an assessment known as the EYFS Profile. When your child leaves Great Wood Farm we provide a summary report to send home as well as your child's reception teacher. If you have any further questions about the EYFS please speak to your Key Person.