Early years foundation stage: Nurturing Growth at Tops Day Nurseries in Bournemouth and Christchurch

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a vital framework that shapes the foundation of early childhood education, ensuring that every child receives the best start in life. As we step into the academic year 2023/2024, let’s delve into the key components and updates of the EYFS, understanding how it continues to play a pivotal role in nurturing young minds and sharing how our nurseries performed in 2021/2022.

Overview of the EYFS Profile 2021/2022:

1. Holistic Development:

The EYFS Profile centers on the holistic development of children, focusing on seven key areas: communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.

2. The Characteristics of Effective Learning:

Recognizing that learning is a dynamic and individual process, the EYFS Profile emphasizes three characteristics: playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically. These characteristics underpin the child’s engagement with their environment and form the basis of effective learning.

3. Assessment without Levels:

A significant shift in recent years has been the move away from traditional assessment levels. Instead, the focus is on understanding each child’s unique journey, recognizing progress, and tailoring support to individual needs. This change places a greater emphasis on ongoing observation and assessment by practitioners.

Key Updates for 2021/2022:

1. Communication and Language Development:

With an increased emphasis on language development, the EYFS Profile 2021/2022 encourages rich language experiences, fostering communication skills crucial for later academic success.

2. Inclusive Practice:

The framework reinforces the importance of inclusive practice, ensuring that every child, regardless of background or ability, receives the support they need to thrive.

3. Parental Engagement:

Recognizing the vital role of parents in a child’s development, the EYFS Profile encourages strong partnerships between practitioners and parents, facilitating a shared approach to learning and development.

Tops day Nursery Bournemouth

The data from Tops Day Nursery in Bournemouth suggests a commendable performance in the key areas of early childhood development, as assessed by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile. This data provides valuable insights into the proficiency of Tops Bournemouth in supporting children’s progress across Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PLG), as well as the broader areas of Good Level of Development (GLD), Communication and Language (CLL), Reading, Writing, Mathematics (RWM), Self-Regulation (SLG), and Approaches to Learning (ALG).

Table: Comparison of Tops Bournemouth and Other Nurseries in EYFS Profile (Percentages)

Key AreasTops BournemouthOther Nurseries
PLG90.0%77.7%
GLD84.9%67.6%
CLL84.9%69.1%
RWM84.9%69.4%
SLG84.9%68.2%
ALG84.9%67.0%
Note: Percentages represent the proportion of children reaching the expected level of development in each respective area.

Interpretation:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PLG):
    • Tops Bournemouth stands out with an impressive 90.0% of children excelling in PLG compared to 77.7% in other nurseries. This indicates a nurturing and supportive environment that fosters positive social interactions and emotional well-being among the children.
  2. Good Level of Development (GLD):
    • Tops Bournemouth demonstrates a robust performance across GLD (84.9%), surpassing the range observed in other nurseries (67.6%). This suggests a comprehensive approach to early education, ensuring that a high percentage of children meet or exceed the expected level of development in various key areas.
  3. Communication and Language (CLL), Reading, Writing, Mathematics (RWM), Self-Regulation (SLG), and Approaches to Learning (ALG):
    • Consistency is evident across these areas, with Tops Bournemouth maintaining an 84.9% success rate, while other nurseries fall within the range of 67.0% to 69.4%. This consistency highlights Tops Bournemouth’s commitment to a well-rounded curriculum that effectively addresses various facets of early childhood development.

In summary, Tops Day Nursery in Bournemouth appears to be excelling in the key developmental areas assessed by the EYFS Profile, surpassing the performance of other nurseries in PLG and maintaining a consistently high level of achievement across multiple domains. This suggests a strong dedication to providing a holistic and enriching educational experience for the children under their care.

Tops Christchurch

The data for Tops Christchurch in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile reveals impressive outcomes in key developmental areas. Across Good Level of Development (GLD), Communication and Language (CLL), Reading, Writing, Mathematics (RWM), Self-Regulation (SLG), and Approaches to Learning (ALG), children at Tops Christchurch achieved a consistent score of 82.6%. This surpasses the range observed in other nurseries (67.0% – 69.4%), indicating that Tops Christchurch excels in fostering holistic development.

Table: Comparison of Tops Christchurch and Other Nurseries in EYFS Profile (Percentages)

Key AreasTops ChristchurchOther Nurseries
GLD82.6%67.6%
CLL82.6%69.1%
RWM82.6%69.4%
SLG82.6%68.3%
ALG82.6%67.0%
Note: Percentages represent the proportion of children reaching the expected level of development in each respective area.

Interpretation:

  1. Good Level of Development (GLD), Communication and Language (CLL), Reading, Writing, Mathematics (RWM), Self-Regulation (SLG), and Approaches to Learning (ALG):
    • Tops Christchurch demonstrates a consistent and commendable performance with a score of 82.6% across all key areas. This surpasses the range observed in other nurseries (67.0% – 69.4%), indicating a high level of success in fostering the holistic development of children.
  2. Comparison to Other Nurseries:
    • In each assessed area, Tops Christchurch outperforms the range observed in other nurseries. This suggests that Tops Christchurch’s educational approach and curriculum effectively contribute to the well-rounded development of children in comparison to their peers in other early childhood education settings.
  3. Holistic Development:
    • The strong performance across multiple domains, including communication, literacy, numeracy, self-regulation, and general approaches to learning, reflects a comprehensive and balanced approach to early childhood education at Tops Christchurch.
  4. Quality of Early Education:
    • The consistently high percentages indicate that Tops Christchurch is successful in providing a quality early education environment that supports children in meeting or exceeding the expected levels of development across the EYFS key areas.

In summary, the data for Tops Christchurch in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile showcases a strong commitment to the holistic development of children. The percentages indicate a notable success rate across various developmental domains, positioning Tops Christchurch as an effective and nurturing early childhood education provider.


In conclusion, the data from Tops Day Nurseries in both Bournemouth and Christchurch reflects a commitment to excellence in early childhood education. Tops Bournemouth demonstrated notable success with 90% of children excelling in Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PLG) and consistently high percentages across all key areas, surpassing the performance of other nurseries. Meanwhile, Tops Christchurch achieved a commendable and consistent score of 82.6% across Good Level of Development (GLD), Communication and Language (CLL), Reading, Writing, Mathematics (RWM), Self-Regulation (SLG), and Approaches to Learning (ALG), outperforming the range observed in other nurseries.

Both nurseries exhibit a dedication to fostering holistic development, creating nurturing environments that support children in meeting or exceeding expected levels of development. The data underscores our dedication at Tops in providing quality early education.

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