The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework that applies to all children from birth till the end of the Reception Year.

This framework has 7 sub headings

The 3 prime areas of learning

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

The 4 specific areas of learning



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Each area of learning and development will be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mixture of adult- led, adult structured and child- initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and to relate to others. Practitioners will respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm positive interaction. As children grow older, and their development allows, it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards, more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for the transition into Year 1..

We record your children’s developments using observations, photos, videos, along with mark making and creative activities.  These are stored in your child’s personal folder and books throughout their time in Nursery and Reception.  This includes achievements from home as well as at school.  We will invite you in regularly to look through your child’s work.

In the final term of Reception, each child’s level of development must be assessed against the Early Learning Goals. Practitioners must indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are exceeding expected levels, or not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’). This is the EYFS Profile.

If you have any questions please speak with your child’s key person or class teacher.

Further information for parents about the EYFS can be found at: