Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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Children in our Pre-school and Reception classes follow the EYFS.

This is a very important stage in your child’s life. It helps them to get ready for school as well as preparing them for future learning and successes. From when your child is born up to the end of Reception year they will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

The EYFS framework sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.
  • The 7 areas of learning and development
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress throughout the EYFS
  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of reception year; these expectations are called the ‘Early Learning Goals (ELG)’

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Initially, we focus on the three prime areas. These are the skills that underpin the specific areas:

Prime areas

Communication and language

  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

As your child grows, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Each child has a learning journal where we observe, collect evidence and assess their needs. Parents contribute to the child’s learning journeys in the form of ‘Wow’ moments. It is a partnership with parents and throughout the year parents are informed of the attainment and progress of their child.

Children in Early Years are captivated by books, paintings and the world around them because these are deliberately selected by staff to stimulate children’s curiosity.’