Early Years 2016

 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

‘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 seeks to provide:

• quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;

• a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;

• partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers;

• equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early year’s settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three prime areas are:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development; and
  • personal, social and emotional development.
  • In addition to these prime areas there are four specific areas which include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society. These four specific areas are:
  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world; and
  • expressive arts and design.