Every week, as childcare workers, we put hours upon hours into planning activities for the children, enabling them to learn effectively, but could those hours be better spent working on other tasks?
EYFS Planning is your new guide to streamlining the planning process, not only providing you with dozens of carefully planned activities that take into consideration all the characteristics of effective learning, but also providing you with a treasure trove of resources to support those plans.
Our EYFS planning books bring you a range of plans, activities and resources that are centred around different themes to support children's understanding of the world as well as giving learning opportunities to develop all the 7 areas of learning.
This booklet contains detailed activity plans, broken down week-by-week; a variety of photocopiable planning grids for you to fill out yourself; and lots of beautifully designed activity sheets and resources that can be used in support of the plans detailed within these pages.
That’s not all though. At Suffolk Childcare Agency, we have run childminders’ and nursery settings for many years from our base in Wickham Market, and have built up a contacts book full of useful services and trades that we know we can call upon to solve any problems we may come across. We’ve shared their details with you in the back of this book.
Before delving into the activities and plans within this guide, take time to familiarise yourself with the keywords page. Many of these words will be abbreviated throughout the guide, so it’s useful not only to know what they stand for, but also to understand why they are so vital to the planning process.
The weekly planning pages enables you to adapt our planning to meet the needs and interests of your children.
All the pages have been carefully designed to be photocopier-friendly, meaning you’ll only ever require one copy of this book to have all the planning and observational resources you’ll need.
We hope you find it useful to find out more about the many theme's of EYFS planning available to purchase.
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The Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning
All of the activities in this book are based on the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning, which are essential to early years development.
These are as follows:
Playing and Exploring:
. Children investigate and experience things
. Children are willing to 'have a go'
. Children concentrate
. Children keep on trying even if they encounter difficulties
. Children enjoy their achievements
Creating and Thinking Critically:
. Children have and develop their own ideas
. Children make links between ideas
. Children develop strategies for doing things
Throughout this guide, many of the key words associated to childcare will be abbreviated, but these key words can be used not only to decode the acronyms, but also to give added information to their meaning:
EYFS = Early Years Foundation Stage
The standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.
CL = Communication & Language
Activities that focus on listening and attention, understanding and language skills.
CoETL = Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning
Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically.
EAD = Expressive Arts & Design
Activities that focus on exploring and using media and materials. Being imaginative.
L = Literacy
Focussing on developing early reading and writing skills.
M = Mathematics
Games and activities involving numbers, as well as shapes, space and measurements.
PD = Physical Development
Activities that involve moving and handling objects, as well as health and self-care.
PSED = Physical, Social & Emotional Development
Making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour.
UW = Understanding The World
Understanding people and communities, as well as the wider world and technology