The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, 2014) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must follow. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The revised framework for the EYFS is being implemented from 1 September 2014.
How your 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.
There are 3 prime areas:
Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
There are also 4 specific areas:
Understanding the world; and
Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. The curriculum is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Further information specifically for parents can be found on the Foundation Years website: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk