Early Years Foundation Stage
Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. The Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS] promotes teaching and learning of children between birth and ive years old. It gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life, whilst being kept healthy and safe.
There are seven important and interconnected areas of learning and development in the Foundation Stage. Three prime areas,crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Four specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore , to think about problems, and relate to others. Learning indoors and outdoors is equally valued.
There are Early Learning Goals for each of the seven areas of Learning and Development, which we hope children will achieve by the end of their Reception year. All children are unique individuals so some may not it this pattern of progress. Staff take this into account when they plan activities and experiences. Your child’s progress in achieving these goals will be discussed with you at parent interviews.