The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework sets the standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five.
The framework is based on 4 themes which are supported by underlying principles:
- A Unique Child
Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Enabling Environments
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
- Learning & Development
Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers te education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Areas of Learning and Development
The curriculum that we deliver in school for the children, as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is made up of 7 areas of Learning and Development. All areas of Learning and Development are connected to one another and are equally important. All areas of Learning and Development are underpinned by the Principles of the EYFS as outlined above.
These seven areas of learning help the teachers to plan the indoor and outdoor learning environment and the experiences that your child will have during their time in school.
Each area of Learning and Development is divided into different aspects as shown below:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Making Relationships
- Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
- Moving and Handling
- Health and Self-Care
Communication and Language
- Listening and Attention
- Shape, Space and Measures
Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being Imaginative
Understanding the World
- People and Communities
- The World
Each area of learning has a number of early learning goals. These goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of their reception year.
At the end of Reception, teachers assess children against the points set out in the Foundation Stage Profile for each of the seven areas of Learning and Development.
When the children reach the end of their reception year:-
- Some may still be working towards the Early Learning Goals
- Others will have achieved some of the Early Learning Goals
- Others will have achieved all of them and will be working towards Level 1 of the National Curriculum.
A child is said to be at a good level of development if they achieve all of the Early Learning Goals in each of the Prime Areas and in Literacy and Mathematics.
Play is a very important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. It is a key way in which children learn and gives children the opportunity of developing the characteristics of Effective Learning