Early Years Foundation Stage
The framework sets out the legal requirements for the care of young children relating to Learning, Development
and Welfare. These are important areas all parents need to be comfortable with before choosing any type of
childcare for their young children.
The EYFS as a framework not only provides legal requirements, but also structures around the four key areas of
learning and development as well as focuses on helping young children achieve their full potential.
The EYFS framework is a UK based framework which sets the standards for learning, development and care for
children from birth to five. The curriculum is built around four principles:
1. A Unique Child
2. Positive Relationships
3. Enabling Environments
4. Learning and Development
Parents are kept informed of the development of their child’s progress within the four principles through regular
dialogue with their child’s carer and through the individual development journal of each child.
We hope you will see a connection with the EYFS framework with some of the other information we have made
public on other pages on the YCM web site, through our activities, our approach and our focus on the safety and
well being of each child.
To give you a basic understand of the four principles, we have attempted to explain them below:
1. A Unique Child
We focus on how children develop; we recognise they are all different, but should be treated equally.
Positive relationships and good communication is vital. Children need to learn about risks and safety, how to
make good choices and how to stick to boundaries. We make every attempt to provide full opportunity for
each child to do their best and we achieve this by ensuring their physical and emotional needs are met
during their time at our nursery setting.
2. Positive Relationships
The positive relationships theme is about children learning to manage their feelings and build relationships.
We respect all families and aim to develop a positive two-way relationship with parents. We will support,
listen and work with the children at Your Child Matters Childcare to help them learn. We have a nominated
key carer for each child at the nursery to ensure each child has the opportunity of building a close
relationship and is well monitored during their time with us.
3. Enabling Environments
We plan and check on each child’s progress and make every attempt to involve parents. We ensure that
inside and outside spaces of the nursery are safe, interesting and engaging. Our carers support children
when they move on, working as a team to help children succeed.
4. Learning and Development
Your Child Matters Childcare focuses on ensuring young children learn through play and exploration, with
support for each individual. We encourage children to develop imagination, to get actively involved in
learning and to make decisions. We make every attempt to develop children’s creative and critical thinking,
balancing the need for both the children and adults to lead the learning.
We work towards  following specific goals to help us all work within the framework:
ń Personal, Social and Emotional Development, helping to build confidence, concentration, independence and
ń Communication, Language and Literacy:- developing speech and listening skills and beginning to read and write.
ń Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy:- focusing on number work, mathematical ideas,  thinking and
ń Knowledge and Understanding of the World:- helping children investigate and think about their place in the world.
ń Physically Development:- relating to developing physical skills  ie fine and gross motor skills and understanding
body awareness.
ń Creativily Development:- centred on building children’s imagination and creative skills.
Welfare, ensuring we are all aware of our responsibility for children’s welfare. We will look after your child properly
and help them to stay healthy. We also ensure that YCM is a safe and positive place for children.
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