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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.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

 

 

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.

 

In the Foundation Stage there are seven areas of learning:

 

  • Communication and Language

 

This prime area involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

 

  • Physical Development

 

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

 

  • Literacy

 

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write.

Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.

 

  • Mathematics

 

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

 

  • Understanding the World

 

This area of learning involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

 

  • Expressive Arts and Design

 

This involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

 

These areas of learning are taught through different topics during the school year. Please see the Squirrels Class page for more information and news on what the children have been learning.

 

 

What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children’s learning and development.

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