Early Years Foundation Stage


Honeybuns operates within the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework, which recognises the holistic nature of development and learning at this age. Changes came into force in September 2021, and Honeybuns took measures to train staff and implement these revisions, keeping us ahead in the race to be the leading provider of childcare in Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Under the revision the aims are to:-

  • reduce paperwork and bureaucracy;
  • strengthen partnerships between parents and professionals;
  • focus on the three prime areas of learning most essential for children’s readiness for future learning and healthy development;
  • detail the four specific areas of learning which build on the prime areas;
  • introduce a progress check at aged two to provide for early intervention as necessary; and
  • simplify assessment at age five – usually at the end of the reception year.

For more information on EYFS please refer to our What-to-expect-in-the-EYFS

Learning Journey

Each child’s achievements are recorded on our state the art software which interacts with parents/carers. The software specifically caters for each child  through their journey of the Nursery. It is designed not only to outline their learning but also holds memories, photographs, keepsakes, and marks magic moments in your child’s journey that we have been lucky enough to share with them at Honeybuns.

Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare forms a large part of our statutory responsibilities and covers most of the requirements of our registration with Ofsted

All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We follow the framework of the Every Child Matters Government green paper which is structured around five outcomes which are key to a child’s well-being

The five outcomes are:

  1. stay safe – looking after the children’s welfare and ensuring a safe environment
  2. be healthy – safeguarding and promoting children’s health and well-being
  3. enjoy and achieve – supporting the children in their learning and development
  4. make a positive contribution – working together with parents and encouraging children to play a beneficial part in their nursery and wider community
  5. organisation– ensuring all government policies, procedures and practices are strictly followed

Learning Through Play

The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of a statutory framework which sets the standards for learning and development and care for children from birth to Five years.

The aim is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn through high quality play experiences. Practice guidance from the framework supports staff in assessing a child’s progress and helps them to provide the best learning experiences for all babies and children.

Our staff look carefully at the children in their care, consider their needs, their interests and their stages of development. By using all of this information they plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for your child across all the areas of learning and development.

Please refer to the following documents for more information

EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2023       Development-Matters in the EYFS           EYFS Progress check at age two.