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Introducing the changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children from birth to five years. It includes – 

  • The legal welfare requirements that we must follow to keep your child safe
  • The seven areas of learning and development, which we use to guide your child’s play and activities they take part in 
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year. These are called ‘Early Learning Goals’. 

The EYFS explains our statutory responsibility to ensure your child is supported in their development.
Your child will be learning new skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas. These areas are split into three prime areas and four specific areas.

Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first, as they are the most essential for your child’s development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in specific areas – but they are all important and interconnected.

Changes to the EYFS from September 2021:

Changes have been made to the wording in the educational programmes. Specifically, this means:

  • they are longer, there is more depth, and they contain examples of things that you can do with children
  • there is a new focus on early language and extending vocabulary, with more examples on how to embed and develop vocabulary skills across all 7 areas, because this improves child development in a broad curriculum

Changes to safeguarding and welfare

There will be some minor changes to the safeguarding and welfare section, including a new requirement to promote the good oral health of children.

Assessment arrangements

Age 2 progress check

No changes have been made to the progress check at age 2. This is the only statutory assessment that people working with pre-reception children will need to carry out.

The purpose of the 2 year check is to help identify strengths and any areas where progress is less than expected. It is not a requirement to identify a child as exceeding, emerging or expected for the 2 year check.

Changes to the early learning goals (ELGs)

The early learning goals summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the academic year in which they turn 5, the reception year.

The changes

The early learning goals have been changed to make them clearer and more specific. They are more focused on the main factors that support child development at age 5. The 7 areas of learning and development are:

  • communication and language
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • physical development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

The goals are there to be used to assess children at the end of reception year, rather than for pre-school children.

Changes to Development Matters: non-statutory curriculum guidance

It’s shorter, about two-thirds of the length of the previous version, to allow for more freedom to develop the right broad curriculum for the children you work with.

The age bands have been simplified to avoid tracking activities that do not support child development. There are now 3 instead of 6:

  • birth to 3
  • 3 and 4-year-olds
  • children in reception

We understand that it can be confusing, but if you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to ask 😊

We’ve been picking blackberries and making crumbles! Have you seen any blackberries on your walks?

Here are some Montessori inspired activities to support our colours and shapes topic this term:

We’ve added some activities for you to download and print from home, these are continuously being added to, so keep an eye out! To do this, you must log in to your child’s Tapestry account through the browser, not the app as it doesn’t support this feature. Here’s a quick guide on how to get there:

  1. Log in to your child’s account at
  2. On the first page you should see a ‘documents’ section (see picture 1) click that.
  3. You should now see a list, this is our folders which we have tried to organise as best as we can! Click which folder you would like to see; this time, our topic ‘colours and shapes’ (picture 2)
  4. Lastly, you should see a green download button which you can click and either download to your device, or print.

For those that are starting school in September 2022:

Primary school applications start from the 8th November 2021 until 15th January 2022. Applying for a school place is your responsibility. You can click on the following link which will direct you to Essex County Council where you will be able to set up an account.

We will continue to add information regarding other schools open days as we receive them.

Happy 20 years Jo!

Happy 20 Years at The Mulberry Bush Jo!
You are simply brilliant-you are forward thinking, dedicated and amazing at what you do! Here’s to another 20 years 😊

7 years ago…..

7 years ago, Cheryl and I finally graduated with our Early Years Professional Status. It took us a while, but we studied hard (with a glass or two of wine 😉) often taking us in to the early hours of the morning. If we wasn’t studying, we were at nursery… felt never ending at some points (it pretty much was-it took us roughly 6 years to complete!) but……we did it! We are super proud of what we achieved, and we continue to thank everyone that supports the nursery, old and new-we always say it, but it never becomes tiresome because we really appreciate it ❤️
Cheers to a few more years (with no studying!) 😉

Welcome to The Mulberry Bush Montessori Nursery.

The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS)
Their Facebook page is continually updating, with help, advice and support for families.

A message from Carol, our nursery photographer:

Have you heard of Talk, Listen, Cuddle? TLC is an Essex campaign helping parents, carers and families give their young children the best start to life, developing their communication skills through playful learning at home. You can visit the site from here:

We have been working hard to finish our snug area, ensuring that we create a calm, peaceful and comfortable space for our children to work within. We hope you like it!

For your information:

We can’t wait to welcome back our old friends, and meet our new ones!
Could we ask that you remember to:

🔹 Ensure that you have a drawstring bag with a spare set of clothing at all times, clearly labelled please.

🔹 Your child will need a coat, hat, gloves in the cold weather and a hat, sun cream and coat (just in case it is cold in the morning or if it rains in the summer (who are we kidding?! It nearly always rains in the summer!) wellies and a pair of slippers for indoors.

🔹 Please make sure that you bring your child’s home link book to nursery each time; this ensures effective continuity between home and nursery.

🔹 Comforters are welcomed if needed, and can be put in your child’s bag.

🔹Toys and special items must stay at home.

🔹 Please continue to regularly check your child’s Tapestry for updates, observations and seeing your child’s progress (if you need any help regarding using Tapestry, please speak to Cheryl or Leander)

🔹 You can speak to your child’s key person at anytime, however, should you wish to have a more in depth discussion, please arrange a time that is convenient.

Songs are a great way of supporting your child’s learning and development! Singing with your child develops communication and language skills, listening and attention, physical skills, mathematical development and much more!
Here are some of our favourites; we will add more soon so watch this space!

Here are some useful links to explore and discover to support your child’s learning and development:
Resources and ideas to support home learning.
Some lovely ideas exploring Montessori activities and materials.

This is a great website with links to keep your little ones busy.

A great website with activities to support all areas of development.

Part of the Early Years Alliance, this is another great website with a whole host of information to support your child.

This website allows you to download a simple social story to read with your child about understanding Coronavirus.

Another site which explores talking to your child about Coronavirus and supporting your family’s health and well-being.