The Early Years Foundation Stage is a central part of the government 10 year childcare strategy and the Childcare Act of 2006. The aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being. The EYFS is the framework by which Hopscotch keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Principles which guide the work of our practitioners are grouped into four themes, a unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments, learning and development.
Our nurseries are thoughtfully equipped to promote the highest standard of care and education. They are regularly inspected by Ofsted and our learning programmes are planned within EYFS policy. Tapestry Learning Journeys offer early years settings a way to record their children’s special moments and help parents be involved in partnership as their children blossom and grow. All children attending have a personal online learning journey which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the EYFS, to build up a record of their experiences during their time with us.
All our activities and procedures are child-centred and are planned to support development of children’s individual needs at their own pace. We care for the whole child and this means wiping bottoms and noses, and cuddling children through tantrums and tears, praising and encouraging their efforts, for example, if they paint a picture, tidy the book corner or use the potty.
Hopscotch also offers a range of peripatetic classes in Spanish, Dance and Music and Movement.