Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is how the government and early year’s 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 learning and success. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
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 the 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
- 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. The prime areas will help them to develop skills in 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.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.#
It is important that you and the professionals caring for your child work together. You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child.
The key person is the person, who,
- Is your main point of contact within the setting.
- Helps your child to become settled, happy and safe
- Is responsible for your child’s care, development and learning
- Takes a careful note of your child’s progress, sharing this with you and giving you ideas as to how to help your child at home.
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 anywhere they might need some extra help or support.
When your child is 5
When your child turns 5 and is ready to move to school, at the end of the EYFS in the summer term. Your child’s key person will complete a transition document on all 7 areas of learning, which will provide your child reception teacher with valuable information about your child.
We also hold 2 parents evening to share information regarding your child’s development.