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A guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The EYFS seeks to provide:

  • quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;

  • a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;

  • partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers;

  • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

 

As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.

 

Learning and development

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • communication and language;

  • physical development; and

  • personal, social and emotional development.

 

Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three primeareas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world;
  • expressive arts and design.

 

Please click here to find a hyperlink to the parent’s guide to EYFS

 

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