Supporting our Early Years children

Safe Hands is committed meeting the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). EYFS applies to all children from birth through to the end of their reception year.

Claire Alberts is the 'key person' for our EYFS children. She ensures that the care provided is tailored to meet your child's individual needs. She is always available to discuss your child's progress at Safe Hands. Feel free to have a catch up at the door, pop by, email or call.

Safe Hands provides a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Safe Hands always follows free play principles, allowing children to choose how they occupy their time, and never forces them to participate in a given activity.

We recognise the four overarching principles of EYFS:

  • A Unique Child: Every child is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We use positive encouragement and praise to motivate the children in our care.

  • Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families.

  • Enabling Environments: Children learn and develop well in environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and where there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers. We observe children in order to understand their current interests and development before planning appropriate play-based activities for them.

  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The EYFS framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. We tailor the experiences we offer the children in our care according to their individual needs and abilities.