Structure and the EYFS at Debbie’s Day Care.
I have a large play area set out for the children providing lots of toys/games/activities suitable for all ages, we also use the lounge as a quiet area and the kitchen for specific baking/cooking activities.
I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines and plan themed activities. Although some activities are (Adult led) I do encourage children (Child Led) to be independent and choose their own activities/themes. The activities are structured around the EYFS six areas of learning which are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
- Communication, Language and Literacy (CLL)
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (PSRN)
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World (KUW)
- Physical Development (PD)
- Creative Development (CD)
I have a learning journal for children under five, I use lots of photos and note all their achievements and how we build and extend these skills. I also carry out an observation every 4-6 weeks. The learning journal will be sent home every 2-3 months for you to look at and comment on. I work alongside parents and will carry on any activities you like to do in the home i.e one of my parents commented she would like her little boy to read more.... so we now make time for story time every day and have joined the local Library. I keep a baby journal (until baby reaches twelve months old) as well as the learning journal which lets parents know what baby has eaten/drank/sleep times/nappy changes and any significant comments. I will display lots of your child’s work on the walls in my setting to ensure they feel valued.
Some of the activities that Debbie’s Day Care provides are:
- Planting and growing our own vegetables
- Dressing up and role play...we have a lovely role play area which is turned into a cafe/post office/beauty salon/supermarket
- Messy/creative play (including: painting, finger/hand print painting, crayons/chalks, cutting ,sticking and gluing, corn flour gloop, play dough, moon sand/sand collage’s, etc)
- Dolls / Empathy Dolls
- Songs / Dance time/Music, rhythm and rhyme
- Cooking and baking
- Seasonal activities i.e Christmas and Chinese New Year
- Visits to the library
- Trains, Pirate ships and Cars
- Reading lots of books/story time
- Arts and crafts
We regularly visit Playmates and other groups in the area giving the children in my care lots of opportunity to play with/socialise with other children . We are fortunate to live near lots of open space/farmland. And as well as using the garden on a regular basis we have trips out (weather permitting) to the woods/ Yarrow Valley Park/ Parks, duck pond and local farms.