Books and the Early Years Foundation Stage

untitled-drawing-1If you work with young children, or if your children attend a nursery, playgroup or have a childminder, you will have heard about the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old.  All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

So that may sound like a bit of a mouthful…what is it actually all about? Basically the EYFS sets out how the people who look after children must help them learn and develop; how they must care for them and make sure they stay safe while helping them enjoy what the are learning today and prepare for what they are going to learn next.

The EYFS includes different areas of learning. These are the areas of learning that the people caring for children need to consider when providing learning experiences for children. There are seven areas all together; three are the prime areas which are particularly crucial, especially in the first three years, and then four are specific areas which help to strengthen the prime areas.

Where can books fit into all of this? One of the prime areas of learning and development is Communication and Language, and it is seems pretty obvious that books can help children with their listening skills and ensure that they hear lots of lovely and interesting language. Literacy is one of the specific areas of learning, and it is pretty straight forward that books will help children learn to read and eventually link certain sounds with certain letters. What about the rest of it though?

Have a look below at a new project we are developing here at Oak Farm Library. The project is called Learning Together Books where we choose a children’s book and suggest activities associated with the book; then link them to the different areas of learning and development in the EYFS. The activities should encourage play and be fun.

If you are a childminder or work in a nursery, you can use these guidance sheets to support your planning. If you are a parent, use the suggestions to plan some fun activities for you and your child.

Download the guidance sheet here: borisgetsspots

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to borrow one of the titles that we have available with the guidance sheet. The example below is one of six titles we currently have available, but more are being developed. We can also suggest related books to help extend learning.

Happy reading and learning!


Current titles available in the Learning Together Books range:

Download the guidance sheet here: borisgetsspots


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