The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework for providing learning, development and care for all children from birth to five. One of the principles of the EYFS is that each child should be at the centre of their learning experience and involved in high quality play that is suited to their individual needs. .

The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around four themes:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning & Development

The Learning and Development requirements define seven areas of learning, the prime areas being Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. In addition there are four ‘specific’ areas of learning – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

An important feature of the EYFS is that it is a developmental framework. Rather than prescribing a set of learning objectives or ‘targets’ it is intended to provide a continuum of development which acknowledges the fact that children are unique and may not progress in the same way or at a uniform rate.

At Little Owl Pre-school each area of learning and development is delivered through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

Another important aspect of the Early Years Foundation Stage is that each child receives consistent care and support from an assigned key person. This member of staff will get to know both you and your child well and be able to provide sensitive care, supporting your child’s emotional needs and getting to know their interests during their time with us.

Further information about the EYFS can be found in our ‘Parent’s guide to the EYFS’ you can collect a copy from pre-school or email to request an electronic copy. Or via the foundation years website