The Early Years Foundation Stage

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From September 2012 all groups registered with Ofsted will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Children’s development and learning

At Yateley Community Pre-School we deliver the EYFS through a mixture of adult led activities and child initiated learning, parents can keep in touch with their child’s learning and development by talking to their key person.  Each child’s Learning Journey will be sent home at the end of each term, more often if you request.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), 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 learning needs.

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.In 2012 the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop.

It sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
  • The 7 areas of learning and development
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS 
  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)

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 development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  1. Communication and language;
  2. Physical development;
  3. Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  1. Literacy;
  2. Mathematics;
  3. Understanding the world;
  4. Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The staff 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, 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.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 learner.

When your child is 2

At some point after your child turns 2, the professionals working with your child must give you a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development; and
  • personal, social and emotional development.

This is called the progress check at age 2. This check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and any where they might need some extra help or support – and how mums and dads and other family members or carers can work with the key person to help. This report with your permission will be shared with other professionals such as health visitors (who can use it as part of the health and development review).

We can show you where to find further information if you are interested.