The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care for children aged from Birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered
early years providers must follow the EYFS.
The Early Years Foundation Stage framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to
deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence regardless of where they
choose for their child's early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child's learning and devlopment experience.
The EYFS states that the characteristics of learning and the Prime and Specific areas of learning and development are all interconnected.
The Prime areas of learning and development are fundamental, work together and move through to support all other areas of development, they include
Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Langauge and Physical Development.
The Specific areas of learning and development include essential skills and knowledge for chldren to participate sucessfully in society, this includes
Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.