What is the early years' foundation stage?

The early year's foundation stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

 

The EYFS seeks to provide:

  • Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind

  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly

  • Partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers

  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare and covers:

  • The areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children in all early years settings

  • The early learning goals that providers must help children work towards (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five)

  • Assessment arrangements for measuring progress (and requirements for reporting to parents and/or carers)

The safeguarding and welfare requirements cover the steps that providers must take to keep children safe and promote their welfare.

Overarching principles

Four guiding principles should shape practise in early years settings. These are:

  1. Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Read more about how to help children learn and progress

  2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. Read more about how to become an outstanding practitioner

  3. 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. Read how do I provide a rich learning environment

  4. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. Read more about how to help children learn and progress.

The above information is courtesy of the following website 

 

https://eycp.essex.gov.uk/the-early-years-foundation-stage/what-is-the-early-years-foundation-stage/what-is-the-early-years-foundation-stage/

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage 

Development
matters in the Early years 

Birth to five matters 

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