“Children gain the skills needed to help prepare them for their future learning and their eventual move on to school” – Ofsted Feb 2018

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. It is Statutory that all schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

"What to expect, when?" – is a new government document that gives parent/carers guidance on child development and how to support learning home. Parents can refer to the document when discussing your child’s development with their Key Person.

The prime areas of learning

Communication and language

We give children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

Personal, social and emotional development

We help children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Physical development

We provide opportunities for young children to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills. We encourage the children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and how to make healthy choices in relation to food.

The specific areas of learning


We encourage children to have an interest in books and writing, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials – for example books, poems, magazine and other materials to ignite their interest.


We provide children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world

We guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

We support children as they explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.