The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
Seven areas of learning shape the curriculum, these are separated into 3 Prime and 4 Specific Areas of Learning.
The Prime Areas of Learning are deemed to be ‘time specific’ and are the foundation stone upon which future learning is securely built – they are pivotal in a child’s development.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The Specific Areas of Learning include:
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding the World. Changes were made to the ‘Development Matters’ statements within the age bands and the Early Learning Goals – significant changes were made regarding the end of year expectations, particularly within Literacy and Mathematics.
Ongoing formative assessments are made by all adults who interact with your child, are reflected upon and used to inform our practice and provision so that we purposefully meet your child’s interests, needs and ideas and at the same time move their learning forward to develop their skills base.
Summative assessments are made throughout your child’s pre-school and Reception year at termly intervals to further capture their strengths and areas to develop in subsequent provision and practice.
Assessments are based on observation . Please click here for more information.