THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school, as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.  From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure and support their development, care and learning needs.

All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.  Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.  Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first which is what we focus on in our baby and toddler room.  These are:

Communication and language
Physical development
Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.  As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas.  These are:

 Literacy
Mathematics
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design

Our professional staff teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.  This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it is suitable for very young children, and is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.  Through the EYFS, children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking, which takes place both indoors and outside.

To read more about the EYFS, please visit www.foundationyears.org.uk.