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A Practical Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

By: Miranda Walker

ISBN: 978-1-4085-1539-6

RRP: £14.99

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), written by best-selling author Miranda Walker, is a comprehensive guide that provides practical activities linked to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) legislation.

Examining each of the principles and themes in detail, learners and practitioners can easily understand the mandatory requirements of the EYFS.

Includes the vital information that students and new practitioners need to know about Ofsted, ensuring they understand the purpose of inspections, including what to expect and how to be prepared.

•    Completely mapped to the new EYFS
•    Includes relevant examples and ready-to-use activities for a variety of settings
•    Part of the Practical Guide series

To help you with the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) legislation, we have compiled the following links to relevant online sources:
•    Department for Education EYFS Outline
•    Ofsted EYFS outlines
•    Direct Gov EYFS Information.

Contents:

Part one – guide to the Statutory Framework for the EYFS
- The overarching principles
- The structure
- Key changes made in the reform
 
Part two – guide to Development Matters in the EYFS
- The purpose of this non-statutory guidance
- The structure
- How to use the information

Part three – guide to the learning and development requirements
Prime areas
- Introduction to the prime areas of learning and development
- The characteristics of effective teaching and learning (playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically).

 Communication and Language
- Understanding the early learning goals for this area
- Activities linked to the area and Development Matters for the 0-5 age range, broken down into the following early learning goals:
listening and attention
understanding
speaking

Physical Development
Understanding the early learning goals for this area
Activities linked to the area and Development Matters for the 0-5 age range, broken down in to the following early learning goals:
moving and handling
health and self-care

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the early learning goals for this area
Activities linked to the area and Development Matters for the 0-5 age range, broken down into the following early learning goals:
Sefl confidence and self awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Making relationships

Specific areas
Introduction to the specific areas of learning and development

Literacy
Understanding the early learning goals for this area
Activities linked to the area and Development Matters for the 0-5 age range, broken down into the following early learning goals:
reading
writing

Mathematics
Understanding the early learning goals for this area
Activities linked to the area and Development Matters for the 0-5 age range, broken down into the following early learning goals:
numbers
shape, space and measures

Understanding the World
Understanding the early learning goals for this area
Activities linked to the area and Development Matters for the 0-5 age range, broken down into the following early learning goals:
people and communitites
the world
technology

Expressive arts and design 
Understanding the early learning goals for this area
Activities linked to the area and Development Matters for the 0-5 age range, broken down into the following early learning goals:
exploring and using media and materials
being imaginative

Part four - Planning, observation and assessment
Overview of short, medium and long term plans, with examples
The purpose of observation and assessment within the EYFS and links to Development Matters
Carrying out development and progress checks at between 24 and 36 months
The EYFS Profile

Part five - Ofsted and the Safeguarding and welfare requirements
Introduction to the Safeguarding and welfare requirements
The remit of Ofsted
The inspection process
Preparing for and coping with inspection