The prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework published in 2012 by the Department for Education that sets the standards for the development, learning and care of children from birth to five.
It is based on ongoing observation and assessment in the 3 prime and 4 specific areas of learning, and the 3 learning characteristics.

At Smart Start we ensure children have access to a rich learning environment to provide them with the opportunities and conditions in which to flourish in all aspects of their development. It provides a balance across all the areas of learning. Integral to this is an ethos which respects each child as an individual and which values children’s efforts, interests and purposes as instrumental to successful learning.

Monitoring and Assessment
Throughout your child’s time at Smart Start they will undergo observation and assessment, helping us to build up an overall picture or your child’s learning and development, this will be primarily through observation of daily activities, interests and events. Our practitioner’s will look for the learning which your child demonstrates spontaneously, independently and consistently in a range of contexts. Our accurate assessment process will take account of a range of perspectives including those of your child, you as parents/carers and any other adults who have significant interactions with your child.

Role of the adult
Our team of highly qualified practitioners use the information gained from their observations and assessments of your child along with current interests to plan a wide range of activities to ensures a relevant, motivating, flexible and interesting curriculum is available.
They plan and enhance the provision of an environment to truly enable successful learning by all children in their care.
Staff have a detailed understanding of the framework for assessment in order to gather accurate, reliable and meaningful information the importance of high quality adult interaction which is sensitive and adaptive to the needs of individual children and capable of promoting learning; and organisational aspects of provision, resources, curriculum and people.