A Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.
It sets out:
· The legal welfare requirements that registered carers must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.
· The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.
· Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.
· Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”.
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 & Language · Physical Development · Personal, Social & 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 · Expressive Arts & Design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We 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's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff 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.
For more information use this link to download our EYFS Parents Guide