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News / November 20, 2015

The mind of a young child is likened to an enormous sponge, able to absorb knowledge and learning at its fastest rate compared to when they get older. These early years up to the age of five provide an incredible opportunity for parents to get involved with their children to provide the bedrock that will support their child’s learning progress for many years to come at school.

This does not mean parents have to become full time teachers nor do they need a knowledge bank tuned to young children. The reason is simple; play holds a enormous part in the leaning cycle where all parents can join in to support their child. Educational games and toys are a precursor to the programme. Learning needs to be fun and to a very large extent, repetitive. This is where selecting a good quality educational resource designed for the purpose is essential.

The Early years foundation stage (EYFS) has been developed by the department for education for children from birth to aged five years old. The programme covers both learning and care which is enforced at all OFSTED registered early years including childminders, preschools, nurseries and the reception class in infant schools. The EYFS involves mostly games and play regarded as the best way support effective learning. Nothing new here as Plato once said “Do not my friend keep children to their studies by compulsion, but by play”.

The key areas of EYFS are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

EYFS Assessments

Your child’s progress will be reviewed when they are between two and three years old by an early years practitioner or health visitor. A final assessment is made when children turn five by the reception class teacher. This is achieved through classroom observations against the agreed learning goals and not a test.

If you want to help your child by joining in the fun make sure you select educational games and toys that have been matched to the EYFS by specialists in education such as Big Jigs

By Alistair Owens


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