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Learning and Development

I follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.

There are seven areas of learning and development which I closely track. They are all important and inter-connect. The three areas which are particularly crucial (called the prime areas) are the ones I predominantly focus on.

The Prime areas are:

The other areas are:

I provide plenty of opportunities for all of these areas with the activities I provide, the resources I have available, and the way I arrange my setting and the routine of the day.

I track children's progress regularly on Baby's Days by completing observations (sometimes these are written, and sometimes they are photos or videos). It is very easy to then see if children are on track with their development or whether they need further support. Using Baby's Days, I can create next steps for children. These help me to focus on the areas that need additional work, and to support parents with ideas for home. I often send out ideas of things to do at home which will either be fun as a family or to work on specific areas.

At the age of 2 (currently 27 months in Spelthorne), children will have a 2-yr progress check with their Health Visitor. For this important meeting, I provide a very detailed report which reflects the development level and needs of the individual child. This is a statutory report.

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