The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage otherwise known as, EYFS, this government structured guide ensures that every child is provided with a nurturing environment in which to develop. There are four themes. set out below:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and development

The Unique Child relates to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which investigates these areas:

• Playing and Exploring
• Active Learning
• Creating and Thinking Critically

The Areas of Learning and Development are then divided into 7 areas, with 3 prime areas which are key to a child’s further development. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Behaviours
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

And there are 4 more specific areas which will develop once a child has developed the skills needed from the prime areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Parents and carers are just as much involved as we are whilst your child is with us at Nursery. We also encourage parents to tell us about exciting things that are happening at home. For example, holidays that you are going on. Then we can share that excitement with your child.

We assign a Key Person to every child at Nursery. This is someone who they can build a caring and strong relationship with.  We also operate a Key Buddy system. You can click here to view the Department of Education’s official guide to EYFS. (Early Years Foundation Stage).

All of these structures are set in place to help your child progress and provide individual and specific activities to nuture them to their fullest. The EYFS structure focuses on the following areas.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour

Communication and Language.

Listening and attention, understanding, speaking

Physical Development.

Moving and handling. Health and self-care.

Literacy.

Reading (enjoying books from an early age).
Writing (learning to make marks of their own).

Mathematics.

Shape, space and measure. Numbers.

Understanding the World.

Technology. The world. People and communities.

Expressive Arts and Design.

Media and materials. Being imaginative.

About
Waingels Gardens Day Nursery is part of The Forbury Group of Nurseries, established in 1991. Our other nurseries are situated in Reading and surrounding areas; Forbury Gardens, Berkeley Gardens, Woodley Gardens and Newbury Gardens. We offer full and part time places to children from 3 months old up to the age of 5 years. We are situated in a purpose built building adjacent to Waingels Copse College, Waingels Road.
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Meals
We will provide a high standard of healthy meals using quality ingredients. Your child will receive a two course lunch and snacks which are prepared by our cook, Jackie, using fresh ingredients. We aim to introduce the children to different tastes and textures whilst encouraging good manners and a happy atmosphere when we sit down for meal times.
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Welfare
We consider health and safety of each child of upmost importance and each child is allocated a ‘key person’ when they first start at the Nursery.  This ‘key person’ will ensure that your child feels individually cared for. Children’s meals are cooked on site every day by our qualified cook. We use fresh fruit and vegetables and source meat locally. We cater for all allergies and dietary requirements.  
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