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EYFS – Early Year’s Foundation Stages

What Is The EYFS?

The Early Year’s Foundation Stage, known as the EYFS is how the government and early years professionals describe the development of your child between birth and 5 years. The EYFS helps get your child ready for school and supports them for future learning.

Download the EYFS Framework 2014

Why Does The EYFS Exist?

The EYFS framework is to help support professionals working in the EYFS environment. It helps them plan day to day to help develop your child’s ability in different areas.

It is regularly updated and revised to make things easier and clearer with more focus on the things that matter the most.

It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

Foundation Years

What Are The 7 Areas of Learning?

The 7 areas of learning are made up of the following 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas:

g Communication & Language

g Physical Development

g Personal, Social & Emotional Development

g Literacy

g Mathematics

g Understanding the World

g Expressive Arts & Design

As a Parent, How Can I Help My Child?

All the fun activities you do with your child at home makes a difference to their learning and development and has a long lasting effect. Even if your child is still very young and unable to talk; talking and singing to them helps them understand new words. For new and exciting things to do with them you can see what is available at your local children’s centre or ask your child’s key worker.

How Can I Find Out How My Child is Getting On?

It is very important to us to form a good bond between ‘key worker’ and parent. We want you to feel comfortable enough to ask your child’s key worker how they are getting on. The key worker is your main point of contact and they will help your child become settled. They will be responsible for their care, learning and development and it is important for the key worker to share this information.

You can find the EYFS and learning goals at www.foundationyears.org.uk. This website also includes a range of resources and contacts. Alternatively you can contact the nursery with any questions.