Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 

All Ofsted registered early years setting, follow a set of legal requirements produced by the Department of Education called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These standards are put in place to make sure that children aged from birth to 5 learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.

A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The EYFS Statutory Framework promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Alongside the EYFS, to guide our assessment process we follow a system called OPAL, find out more about this here.

Guided by the EYFS there is 7 areas of learning that we teach;

 3 Prime Areas;

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

These are particularly important for building a
foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning,
forming relationships and thriving.

4 Specific Areas ;

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Expressive Arts and Design

Through which the three prime areas are
strengthened and applied.

Along with 3 Characteristics of effective teaching and learning;

  1. Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  2. Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  3. Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

This is taught and paid mind to when supporting the children in planning and practice.


Please click here to read, the Early Years Foundation Stage - A Guide for Parents and Cares 2021

Please click here to explore, the Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the EYFS development matters - explaining the areas of learning 

Please click here to explore, the Statutory Guidance Early Years Foundation Stage 2021