Early Years Foundation Stage
Elmbridge Childcare Club is committed to delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014. EYFS applies to all children from birth through to the end of their reception year. More information about EYFS is available from the Department for Education’s website.
All EYFS aged children are given a Key Worker, who will work with them for the first year at Club, helping them settle in, make friends, play indivually/groups, key workers will also work with the EYFS/Reception team to help your child's development in any way we can.
We are no longer required to follow the EYFS framework. Click here for the full EYFS document.
All children are entitled to play; it is intrinsic to their quality of life and an important part of how they learn and enjoy themselves.
At Elmbridge Childcare Club we recognise the importance of play to a child’s development and follow the Playwork Principles. As play workers we support and facilitate play, and do not seek to control or direct it. We will never force children to participate in play, but allow children to initiate and direct the experience for themselves.
We support and facilitate play by:
Providing an environment which is safe and suitable for playing in.
Setting up the Club so that activities are ready before the children arrive.
Providing a range of equipment, resources and activities on a daily basis, and keeping a
record of these to ensure that varied play opportunities are offered
Encouraging children to request additional or alternative equipment as they choose, and if arequest has to be refused, explaining why.
Not expecting children to be occupied at all times.
Making outdoor play available every day, unless the weather is particularly bad.
Involving children in planning activities, to reflect their own interests and ideas.
Planning activities that enable children to develop their natural curiosity and imagination.
Allowing children freedom of creative expression, particularly in artistic or creative play.
Intervening in play only when necessary: to reduce risks of accident or injury, or to encourage appropriate social skills.
Warning children in advance when an activity or game is due to end.
Play areas and equipment
All indoor and outdoor play areas are checked and risk assessed daily before the children arrive in accordance with our Risk Assessment policy.
The Club keeps an inventory of resources and equipment, which is updated regularly and reviewed to identify where any additional resources are required.
Children are involved in selecting additional equipment and resources for use at the Club.
The resources used at the Club promote positive images of different ethnic backgrounds,
religions, and abilities, in line with our Equal Opportunities policy.
The Club has a selection of fiction and non-fiction books, suitable for all age ranges.
Four guiding principles shape practice in early years settings.
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient,
capable, confident and self-assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their
experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership
between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The
framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision,
including children with special educational needs and disabilities.