The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.

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 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

There are seven areas of learning and development for the 0 to 6 year old children in the British EYFS curriculum, all of which are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

We support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Our educational programme involves activities and experiences for children, as follows:

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other orally transmitted/written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

We at Thames British School Early Years Centre Madrid understand that English may not be the first language of our pupils. Thus we closely monitor our pupils to
ensure that with regards to their previous experience of English as well as their general language level, we create an immersive educational experience that allows your child to have access to the variety of areas that the Curriculum of EYFS offers.

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Continuity and Progress

All children are assessed on entry to both Nursery and Reception. This helps us to understand your child’s needs and plan appropriate learning. Teachers will continue to monitor your child’s progress throughout the year and you will be invited to discuss this progress at parent’s evenings. Each child will also have their own ‘Profile Folder’ which is a record of your child’s learning journey. You are invited to look through this at any time. We would also welcome your contributions to the Profile Folders. These could include models/paintings your child has made at home, or photos of special family events.At the end of Reception, each child will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals and this information will be shared with you. You will also receive an end of year report summarising your child’s achievements. If you have any worries or queries about your child’s progress in Nursery or the Reception, please speak to your child’s teacher.

We plan to introduce a Year 1 class in the 2020/21 academic year. Please check back later for further information.

You can find the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at www.foundationyears.org.uk. The foundation years website also includes a range of resources and contacts.