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The Early Years foundation Stage (EYFS)

Why do I need to know about EYFS ? (Early Years Foundation Stage)

The EYFS sets the standards for all childcare, nurseries, childminders, pre-school and reception years.

The EYFS will be the stage your child is in when they attend a setting or a childminder’s home between birth and the age of five. It is also the stage that they are in until the end of Reception year at school.

Children do best when parents and professionals work together.

It is important to remember that you know more about your child than anyone else. Practitioners should be asking about your child and sharing information with you about your childs progress.

Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others will help you 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.

There are 7 areas of learning and development divided into prime and specific areas. When working with the youngest children I will be focusing on the 3 prime areas. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

These form the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Art and Design

As they grow in confindence and ability in the 3 prime areas the balance will shift to a more equal focus on all 7 areas.

A child's learning and development will continue to be implemented through planned purpose play which is individually tailored to each childs needs and interests. This will be both child and adult led. Activities will become more adult led as a child gets older to prepare them for school.

More information on EYFS can be found at

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