Learning and Development

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers children’s learning from birth the five. At scallywags we plan for children’s learning using the EYFS framework, and through observing via observing children’s individual interest.

The EYFS acknowledges the central importance of play, direct experiences and active learning to support children’s learning effectively. At Scallywags we encourage Young children learn through playing and exploring, being active and through critical thinking which take place both indoors and outdoors.


Communication between parents, children & key workers is the key to success at Scallywags; we feel that open communication between families and workers helps us to really know children as individuals. This also allows parents to be really effective in working with all the children within the group. 

At Scallywags we use observations to inform us of how children are getting on, this enable us to plan to the child’s individual interest and provide information for  individual children’s early learning and development record (ELDR). We welcome parent’s contribution to their child’s records, and parents are always welcome to view and/or discuss any aspects that interest or concerns them. We use holistic approaches in planning so that we continue to identify children’s interest on a daily basis; this allows us to remain reflective about children as individual and allows for flexibility of organising sessions appropriately to suit the different needs and interest within the group.

We also carry out planned observations for each child over the term, allowing us to spend additional time to focus on individual children. Parents are informed when their child is subject to this type of planning, as it also provides an extra opportunity to view children's attainment and spend time with key workers viewing children's interest and development as a whole.