Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has a framework that gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS Framework gives parents and carers confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.
The EYFS emphasises the need for professionals:
- To spend more time interacting with children to promote creative and critical thinking skills and early language and communication
- To encourage dads and mums to become more involved in their child’s development and to give ideas as to how they can support this development at home
- To identify as early as possible any additional needs a child may have and strengthen links with colleagues, such as health visitors, who can support these needs
- To share with parents a summary of their child’s progress between 2 and 3 years of age
- To refocus the learning and development of the youngest children in the foundation years
- through the three prime areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication and language; and physical development
- and along with four specific areas of learning: literacy; mathematics; expressive arts and design; and understanding the world.
- To assess at the end of Foundation Stage 2 (the reception year) using the new Early Years Foundation Stage Profile against early learning goals (ELGs)
- To make a judgement at the end of Foundation Stage 2 (the reception year) on how children learn, informed by the characteristics of learning:
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
- Playing and exploring
- To adhere to a clearer set of requirements to keep children safe