At Tops Day Nurseries we know that you are the most important person in your child’s life. From you, they will achieve their first steps in language and communication, develop their physical skills and become social and develop friendships.

We are here to support you and your child and it is important for us to work together to help your child develop to their full potential in the early years.  For you, this means the opportunity to share information about your child’s growth and development both at home and at nursery.  This will be through observations and discussions and reviewing your child’s development on a regular basis.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) looks at the stages of development from birth to the end of the child’s first year in school (reception year).  These years see the greatest growth and learning for your child. The EYFS is based on 4 overarching principles which shape good practice in early years settings:–

So what does this mean for you and your child?

The EYFS supports practitioners to provide play experiences that enable your child to expand their knowledge and skills to support their individual learning and development in their early years.  As practitioners, we recognise your child’s strengths and areas they may need additional support with.  This support may come from within the nursery or from other professionals.

It is important for your child to feel secure in their surroundings, this is aided by having a ‘Key Person’ within the setting who will get to know you and your child well and build a strong and interactive relationship with you both.  Your child’s key person is based in your child’s unit and spends quality time with their key children as individuals and in their group.  If your child’s key person is unavailable other practitioners in the unit will be able to support you and your child as they will also have a good relationship with you both.

The activities and experiences that we provide for your child will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals in the following 7 areas –