What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS) begins when children reach the age of three when many children attend some form of nursery setting. The last stage of the EYFS is described as the reception year when most children are admitted to the reception class of the primary school at some point during that year.
The curriculum for the EYFS should underpin all future learning by supporting, fostering and promoting children’s development in the seven areas of learning which are:
The Three Prime Areas
- Communication and Language
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
Four Specific Areas
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive Arts and Design
The children will move towards the early learning goals in each of the six areas. These identify developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes and are not age related. However most children are expected to achieve the early learning goals by the end of the reception year.
Progress, examples and observations are noted and recorded. At new end the completed record is passed onto the next teacher to ensure continuity and progress for each child in the transfer from reception to year one. Parents receive a portfolio of the children’s work and an end of year report informing them of their child’s progress in the seven areas at the end of the year.
Further information about the termly content is provided in Year Group Meetings and in the subsequent letters from class teachers.
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