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”.
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