Between birth and the age of 5 years (or the end of the reception class at school) all children will be cared for within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

As your childminder, it is my responsibility to fulfil the requirements of the EYFS and ensure that your child receives the best possible level of care and education, and therefore we will be implementing all aspect of the EYFS in our childminding.

You, as the parent, are your child’s first and best educator and you know more about your child than anyone else. Therefore, we want to involve you in this important step in your child’s care and education as much as possible. We need to work closely and we would like to feel that you could come and talk to us at any time to discuss your child’s progress and let us know what they are doing at home.

Every child that attends Busy Bumblebees Montessori will have a Learning Profile as we use Tapestry online journals. This journal is a two way record of the childs progress and achievements observed. It will also help us to plan an enriched series of activities tailored to meet the individual needs of each child.

Areas of Learning and Development

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programme provided by Busy Bumblebees Montessori. All areas of learning are important and are inter-connected. We believe that three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

These prime areas cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for children’s school readiness and future progress. These prime areas are reinforced by the four specific areas:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Overarching Principles

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.

Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

These four themes of the EYFS underpin all of what we do at Busy Bumblebees Montessori.

A Unique Child

Every child is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

At Busy Bumblebees Montessori we:

  • Understand and observe each child’s development and learning, assess progress and plan for next steps

  • Support babies and children to develop a positive sense of their own identity and culture

  • Identify any need for additional support

  • Keep children safe

  • Value and respect all children and families equally

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and the childminder.

At Busy Bumblebees Montessori we:

  • Are warm and loving and foster a sense of belonging

  • Are sensitive and responsive to the child’s needs, feelings and interests

  • Support the child’s own efforts and independence

  • Are consistent in setting clear boundaries

  • Are stimulating

  • Allow children to build relationships with a key person

Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and where there is a strong partnership between the childminder and the parent.

At Busy Bumblebees Montessori we:

  • Value all people

  • Value learning

  • Provide stimulating resources, relevant to all the children’s cultures and communities

  • Provide rich learning opportunities through play and playful teaching

  • Support children in taking risks and exploring

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

At Busy Bumblebess Montessori, we foster the characteristics of effective early learning:

  • Playing and exploring

  • Active learning

  • Creating and thinking critically

  • Ensuring Standards and Quality

When working within the EYFS it is our responsibility to ensure that our practice reflects all of the above – whether it be in doing a daily risk assessment of our home to ensure your child’s safety or spending time planning activities to help promote your child’s development and learning.

Children have a right, spelled out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender.

Our work as registered childminders follow the Revised EYFS (2018) and also uses the Every Child Matters agenda that recognises the years from birth to five years sees the greatest growth and learning for all children who all deserve:

  • To feel safe

  • To be successful

  • To enjoy and achieve

  • To make a positive contribution to the world around them

  • To be happy

  • Good health

We look forward to working with you to ensure that we deliver the EYFS to your child in such a way that they spend a happy and fulfilled time whilst in our care.