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Emotional well-being

The emotional well-being of young children is crucial to their healthy development. The advice and tips presented here can help you ensure that each and every child in your care, whatever their background, feels secure and happy throughout the Early ...

Case study: Joseph's story

This case study illustrates the challenges that secure attachments can bring when using the key person approach in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Learning to read and understand a child's distress will help you cope better in the absence of ...

Case study: Graham's story

This case study demonstrates how important the key person is to a child. Even though all participants in your setting relate to all of the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), sometimes a child will only respond to their key person and ...

Case study 2: The children's centre

This case study demonstrates how the key person in a children's centre can liaise with the family of a new child both before admission and during transition between Early Years settings. This will help the child settle into their new surroundings with ...

4.4 Areas of learning and development

This list explains how learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is divided into six areas: personal development, communication skills, numeracy, understanding the world, physical development and creative development. ...

Ideas for supporting children

Secure emotional environments will help children become confident, independent mark makers. Early years practitioners can find out how to give children positive support using methods such as displays and communication pockets. This is part of Mark ...

Positive Relationships

The key principle of the second Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) theme, ‘Positive Relationships’, is that children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. This is part of ...

How health and well-being relates to learning and development

This breakdown of the elements of learning and development shows you how the health and well-being of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is important in supporting and encouraging children's literacy and numeracy, their understanding of ...

Development of the child (1)

The tabular format is describing the typical stages of speech, language and communication development of a child in the early years. The stages starts from listening and attention to gaining social skills.

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Case study: Developing the key person approach

If you are having trouble implementing the key person approach in your setting, this case study will show you that perseverance to overcome obstacles can provide huge benefits in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). A nursery manager describes how ...