The Early Years Foundation Stages (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.
Children achieve best when parents and professionals work together. It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else. Nursery practitioners should be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child’s progress. Understanding what you child is doing when they are with others will help you to notice how well they are developing and learning. The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.
A unique child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning
Learning and developing in different ways and at different rates
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Forming meaningful relationships with other children and adults
Having respect for other people
Being an individual and also belonging to a community
Being able to express and cope with your feeling and emotions
Becoming independent and helping others
Being able to make choices and taking responsibility
Developing a sense of fairness, what is right and wrong
Understanding appropriate behaviour
Respecting and being able to empathise with others
Having feelings of wonder and joy
Sharing and celebrating festivals, traditions and special occasions
Communication and Language
Enjoying stories.sharing books with others, telling stories and making them up
Being able to express your opinions and making your own choices
Developing confidence and independence through achievement
Leaning to use tools competently
Learning co-ordination and control
Building confidence, stamina. Energy and strength
Learning to move in a variety of ways
Expressing your-self through movement
Leaning to recognize sounds, names, symbols all around them
Talking, listening, discussing and recalling experiences
Believing in yourself as a reader and writer and developing the skills to become one
Representing and communicating your ideas and feelings in a variety of ways such as music, dance, language, role play, and imagination
Expressing yourself through a wide range of media e.g. paint, clay, 3D materials
Experiencing and enjoying beauty
Imaging, expressing and creating
Having original ideas and thoughts
Appreciating pattern, and relationships
Exploring and comparing shapes, quantities, height, etc.
Finding ways to solve mathematical problems e.g. estimating, measuring
Learning to use and understand mathematical language
Understanding and using numbers
Understanding the World
Exploring the local environment
Finding out about the past
Developing an understanding of travelling to other places, distance and maps
Using technology – making models in a variety of ways
Planning, making and designing things
Exploring and solving problems
Using ICT for a range of purposes
Exploring, experimenting and having ideas
Being curious – wondering why, how, what if .?
Understanding why and how things happen
Observing carefully and closely
Experiencing and changing materials
Sharing the joy of finding things out with your friends