The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age five is provided by End-a-ze International school for children between the age of 3 years old by 30th December of the academic year in which they will begin attending the EYFS nursery-to age 5 at the end of the Reception year.
This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Our EYFS supports and guides your child throughout their early years’ experience by providing a happy, active, exciting, fun and secure environment; and by supporting their development, care and learning needs.
What is the EYFS Framework –why do we have one?
The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help
your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.
It sets out:
•The welfare requirements that everyone working within our school must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
•The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
•Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their
understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
Initially children need to focus on the three prime areas first as these are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. These are:
•Communication and language;
•Physical development; and
•Personal, social and emotional development.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:
•Understanding the world; and
•Expressive arts and design.
These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.