The EYFS offers us guidance as to the best way to support your child’s learning and development. It runs from birth to five, which is a crucial stage in preparing your child for their future learning and success. Their early experiences should be happy, active, fun and secure.
The EYFS seeks to provide:
- Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress.
- A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities based around the needs of the individual child.
- Partnership working between early years professionals and parents and/or carers
- Equality of opportunity ensuring every child is included and supported.
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning, resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Children learn and develop in enabling environments, in which their individual needs are responded to.
- Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates.
Areas of learning and development
Your child will learn new skills and acquire new knowledge through 7 areas of development. Children should mostly
develop 3 prime areas first.
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are essential for future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them develop skills in the 4 specific areas.
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan activities which support and develop the needs of the individual child. They are flexible so that children’s unique needs and interests are followed.