Little Owl and the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Have you considered coming to Little Owl rather than signing up for another morning at nursery? Book Club is something you can do with your child but still be certain they're getting educational value. We cover all of the learning and development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage and rely on its guidance for planning and executing our classes. For more information - see below.

What is the EYFS?

It's the legal framework set out by the Department for Education concerning the ideal goals in education for under 5s. It covers learning, assessment, safeguarding and welfare requirements for nurseries, schools and child-minders. At Little Owl Book Club we're not bound by the EYFS but we find it an invaluable guide for our classes. If you'd like to view the full document you can find it here (April 2017):

How does Little Owl work towards the EYFS?

Little Owl Book Club is guided by the same basic principles at the core of the EYFS: every child is unique, constantly learning, and can best learn through positive relationships with carers and teachers. 

Within the EYFS there are seven areas of learning and development – all of which we incorporate into our classes.

  1. Communication and Language: Little Owls are given exposure to rich language through our books and are encouraged to express themselves through interaction with, reaction to, and prediction about our stories. Children are also encouraged to listen in a variety of settings such as during our stories or the instructions for the games. They also get a chance to articulate their thoughts when they participate in the ‘show and tell’ of their favourite book at the end of each term.
  2. Physical development: During our phonics bucket games the children ‘get physical’ collecting bean-bags and develop their co-ordination with our throwing games. Fine motor skills are enhanced on the art table through sticking and drawing.
  3. Personal, social and emotional development: Little Owls are constantly learning about how to interact with others, for example: respecting the need for other children to hear the story too, taking turns to find the letters on the mat, or waiting to throw their bean-bags and sharing resources on the art table.
  4. Literacy: Children are taught the initial phonics sounds with a physical action accompanying the sound so they can learn kinaesthetically or ‘actively’. They are given free access to a wide range of books (fact and fiction) at the beginning of the session and at the end of each term are encouraged to bring their own favourite book from home to share with the class.  
  5. Mathematics: We often use counting during our stories and children are encouraged to count the number of bean-bags they collect and throw during our games. 
  6. Understanding the world: Books are the window to our world! Our stories come from a variety of cultures and perspectives and will help the children to learn about new places, people, and the environment around them. We are constantly looking for books that promote diversity and challenge common stereotypes. 
  7. Expressive arts and design: each week we have a carefully planned art activity, designed just for little hands, which uses a variety of materials and media. The art will often be a tool for further play at home (for example, growing their cress or playing with their telescopes). The children are frequently asked to imagine and act out parts of our stories to further fire their imaginations.

We do all of this in a 50 minute session, so come along and give us a try!