The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage brings together: Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage (2000), the Birth to Three Matters (2002) framework and the National Standards for Under 8s Day-care and Childminding (2003), to build a coherent and flexible approach to care and learning. All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.
The EYFS is based on principles of inclusion, which means that early years providers oppose discrimination and prejudice and welcome all families and children. They provide care and education for a wide range of children in environments that enable children to feel safe and supported and which extend their learning and development.
Throughout the EYFS, stress is placed upon understanding each child and their family as unique, with different needs and concerns. Children’s development is presented under six overlapping phases. This overlap is intended to emphasise the fact that there can be big differences between the development of children of similar ages. At the same time age can be a cue, when taken with all other factors, to indicate that development may be atypical and that a child may need extra support.
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development. All areas of Learning and Development are connected to one another, with particular importance placed on communication, PSE, and physical development. Together they make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for babies and children as they grow, learn and develop.
We ensure that each child’s learning and development occurs as an outcome of their individual interests and abilities and our planning takes account of these. We also ensure that their experiences are supported by positive relationships and enabling environments.
The areas are as follows:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSE)
1.Self confidence & self awareness 2.Managing feelings & behaviour 3.Making relationships
Communication & Language
1.Listening & attention 2.Understanding 3.Speaking
1.Moving & handling 2.Health & self-care
1.Numbers 2.Shape, Space & Measure
Understanding the World
1.People & communities 2.The world 3.Technology
Expressive Art & Design
1.Exploring & using media & materials 2.Being imaginative
If you would like to see the EYFS in further detail, the guidance material can be downloaded from this link.