Early Years Foundation Stage 2017


The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is mandatory for all early years providers including Childminders. 

Children develop quickly in their early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.
Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.


The EYFS Statutory Framework 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 framework is made up of seven areas of learning and development, these are:
 
Prime Areas
 
1. Personal, Social and Emotional development
Involves helping 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. 
2. Communication and language
Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
3. Physical development
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices In relation to food. 
 
Specific Areas
 
4. Understanding the world
Involves guiding 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. 
5. Literacy
Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. 
6. Mathematics
Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. 
7. Expressive arts and design
Involves enabling children to 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.
 
The full Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage can be viewed by clicking here.
 
 
When your child is 2 At some point between your child turning 2 and 3 years of age, a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning:
  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

This is called the progress check at age 2. This check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and anywhere they might need some extra help or support – and how mums and dads and other family members or carers can work with the key person to help. You might find it useful to share the information from the check with other professionals such as health visitors who can use it as part of the health and development review.

I am totally dedicated to working with the EYFS and will work with parents and other childcare providers to ensure that all the children in my setting get the best possible start in life. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.