Our Learning - EYFS
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
- The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
- The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
- Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
- Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
- Characteristics of Effective Learning
- Playing and exploring – engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to ‘have a go’
- Active learning – motivation
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
- Creating and thinking critically – thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing ways to do things
The principles underpin everything in the EYFS:
- A unique child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured;
- Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person;
- Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning;
- Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.
"Play underpins the delivery of all of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children must have opportunities to play indoors and outdoors. Providing well planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play both indoors and outdoors, is an important way in which practitioners support young children to learn with enjoyment and challenge."