Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS),which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time
in your child’s life between birth and age 5.
This is a very
important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as
preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is
born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy,
active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and
pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document
called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
How my child will be learning
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be
learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be
learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding
through 7 areas of learning and
should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
·Communication and language;
·Physical development; and
·Personal, social and emotional
areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future
As children grow, the prime
areas will help them to develop skills in 4
specific areas. These are:
·Understanding the world; and
·Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s
learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child
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.
As a mum or dad, how can I help with my child’s learning?
All the fun activities that you do with your child at home
are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really
long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.
Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to
talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas.
If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your
child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young
GRADED AS AN OUTSTANDING PROVIDER BY OFSTED 2016
'All children, including those with additional needs, make outstanding progress in their
learning from their different starting points. They benefit greatly from their experiences
with the childminder. Children are very well prepared for school and the next stage in their
learning' Ofsted 2016