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At Stepping Stones the children are not taught but learn through exploration, discovery, experience and encouragement. The overall aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five outcomes of the Every Child Matters document by setting standards, providing for equality of opportunity, creating a framework for partnership working, improving quality and consistency and laying a secure foundation for future learning.

The five outcomes are defined below.

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1. Being Healthy
Children learn about healthy eating and have a balanced diet
Children are protected from becoming ill
Children take part in regular physical exercise

2. Staying Safe
Children are protected from abuse
Children are secure and well supervised
Children use safe resources

3. Enjoying and Achieving
Children are happy, settled and involved
Children explore confidently
Children respond to adults interests

4. Making a Positive Contribution
Children are considerate
Children value diversity
All children are included
Children's needs are met through partnership with parents

5. Achieve Economic Well-Being
Adults are well qualified
Adults use resources well
Adults use records effectively
Adults prepare the children with skills needed for later on in life

The Four Themes
There are four themes (each supported by four commitments):
A Unique Child - principle - every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships - principle - children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/ or a key person.
Enabling Environments - principle - the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
Learning and Development - principle - children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected. There are 16 commitments which practitioners use to put the principles into practice.

Examples of how we follow the EYFS at Stepping Stones
Your child's Key Worker will keep a learning journal for your child which you may access at any time. From daily observations and assessments undertaken by all staff, the Key Worker will help identify the next steps required to help your child learn and develop and our daily planning will be designed to help meet these next steps and ensure your child's needs are being met.

We have clearly defined areas for the children to access freely including role play, creative, mark making, ICT, book and quiet area, small world play, problem solving , numeracy and reasoning, scientific, construction, malleable and snack area. The children have a social area in the middle of the classroom where they come together for stories, music, exercises and dance. In the playground we have also placed zones, we have a limited number of bikes and scooters for safety reasons. Children are encouraged to share equipment through the use of sand timers.

We encourage all children to be independent as much as possible and allow them to take and assess (reasonable) risks in their play. They are all encouraged to conduct their own personal hygiene and put on/take off their own coats. The children regularly prepare their own snack and tidy away their things when they have finished. The children self register giving them a sense of belonging and importance. In choosing their own resources the children are making choices and we encourage them to tidy away when they have finished. We encourage all children to be confident and self-assured at all times, they are fully supported in activities if they require it by their Key Worker or another member of staff. We have boundaries within the setting and we have some golden rules. We explain to the children what is unacceptable behaviour and the importance of being kind to each other.

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