The Early Years Foundation Stage

At TOG we work within the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, ensuring we meet all the safeguarding and welfare requirements and provide rich learning and developing opportunities for the children.

The Characteristics of Effective learning and the prime and specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:-

• playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things,
and ‘have a go’.
• active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they
encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
• creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own
ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing thing.

Seven key features of effective practice

1. The best for every child.   

2. High-quality care 

3. The curriculum: what we want children to learn 

4. Pedagogy: helping children to learn   

5. Assessment: checking what children have learnt   

 6. Self-regulation and executive function   

 7. Partnership with parents

Three prime areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. (Taken from the Early years Statutory Framework, Effective Sept 2021).

The Prime areas of Development are:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and Language

‘Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the
three prime areas are strengthened and applied’ (Taken from the Early years Statutory Framework, Effective Sept 2021).

The Specific areas of Development are:-

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Designs

Our key Person keep observations on each of their key children, they analyze these observations and use their findings to plan, support, strengthen and deepen each child’s learning and development.

For more information please see links to the:-

or alternatively speak to your childs key Person.

Kind Words

Staff provide an inclusive approach to learning, supporting all children to achieve the very best outcomes for their development. […] Children receive good support to increase their vocabulary and confidence when communicating […] The highly skilled manager ensures that children have links within their community.

Ofsted (2023)