Early Years Foundation Stage
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children at birth to age five. It ensures children’s readiness for Primary School and provides a broad range of knowledge and skills that form a strong foundation for future progress through school and life. EYFS integrates four guiding principles that shape learning:
- Every child is a unique child, constantly learning and resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there’s a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
As part of EYFS, children play, explore, create and think critically through a variety of activities shaped by seven Areas of Learning and Development. We use these inter-connected areas to promote children’s individual interests and unique learning needs. The three Prime Areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
Learning in the three Prime Areas is strengthened and applied in the four Specific Areas. The activities, stories and games through which learning takes place in each area are challenging, exciting and fuel progress towards learning outcomes. Through a mix of child-initiated and adult-led experiences that are relevant to the children’s lives, we also encourage effective listening and positive behavior.