The paper "Implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage" is a great example of coursework on education. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) refers to the age of zero years to five. EYFS has been recognized as a learning stage that lays the foundation for more formal education. This learning stage puts a lot of emphasis on the application of active play as basic in learning. The children are encouraged to concentrate on their individual interests and needs. EYFS has been developed with the aim of ensuring that all children aged below five years play and develop in a safe, secure, exciting, fun, and happy surroundings.
As a result, they are expected to have gained a good foundation for a successful primary school curriculum. The EYFS was made a statutory requirement in all Ofsted-registered settings for child-care in the United Kingdom in September 2008. These childcare settings include day nurseries, playgroups, child-minders, nursery schools, crè ches, and nursery as well as a foundation or the reception classes (DFE, 2014). The discussion below is a critical reflection on the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in the UK’ s early childhood education. How the curriculum promotes children’ s learning The early year foundation stage system promotes development and education in various ways.
There are many areas of learning and development and all are essential and interconnected. This system covers three prime areas that are essential for igniting children’ s enthusiasm and curiosity which helps in learning, building learning capacity, establish relationships, and thrive. The three areas include physical development, communication and language, and personal, emotional, and social development (Kern, Thomas, & Hughes, 2010). Physical development This is achieved by providing children with opportunities that enable them to be active and interactive.
This helps to boost their control, coordination, and movement. A child is considered to have acquired physical development when they are able to effectively handle tools and equipment. Children are also informed about the importance of physical exercise, eating a balanced diet, and are encouraged to be independent in executing some duties like dressing and using the toilet (DFE, 2014). Development of communication and language This is achieved by exposing children to a language-rich environment. In addition, children are helped to develop expression skills and confidence as well as encouraging them to speak and be listened to in a range of circumstances.
Usually, children do pay attention to others as they talk and respond in an appropriate way. They are therefore encouraged to listen to conversations and stories as well as to ask questions and respond to questions (DFE, 2014). Social, emotional and personal development This is achieved by helping children acquire a positive attitude towards themselves and others. When children are encouraged to try new things, and express their liking for what pleases them, they gain self-confidence.
They are also equipped with social skills which enables them to manage their feelings, have confidence, and understand the way to behave in a group. When children are playing with others, they take turns with each other. They take into account every playmate’ s suggestions, feelings, and needs. By so doing, they develop positive relationships with both age mates and adults (DFE, 2012).
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