All early years providers must be registered with Ofsted which inspects and regulates services for children. As part of their registration requirements they must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standard of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years.
As part of the early years foundation stage, all providers must plan activities to help your child learn and develop through play.
The seven main areas of learning and development which each setting will plan for are:
- Communication and language.
- Physical development.
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Understanding the world.
- Expressive arts and design.
For more information, please see the early years foundation stage webpage:
However, parents are seen as the child’s first teacher as you spend more time with them than any other person. You can help your child learn and develop at home through simple activities such as:
- Reading to your child – helps them to learn new words, stimulates their imagination and develops their knowledge of the world.
- Taking them on visits to feed the ducks or to the library – provides your child with new experiences of the world around them and will help to develop their vocabulary as you talk to them about what they are seeing and doing.
- Do a jigsaw puzzle together – helps develop your child’s problem-solving skills and concentration.
For more information on activities to do at home please visit the early years alliance webpage.