Overview

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which describes the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This stage covers the Nursery and Reception Class and offers a carefully integrated two year programme of learning. 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. Their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

Communication and language, Physical development and 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 4 specific areas. These are:

Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The EYFS curriculum teaches and supports your child and ensures that the activities are suited to your child’s individual needs and it's designed to be really flexible so that the EYFS practitioners can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Early Years (EYFS)