The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the government and early year’s professionals way of describing the time in your child’s life between birth and five years. Early Years providers use the EYFS (2012) document to guide the provision they deliver children for their learning and development.

It covers three areas of specific learning; personal and social development, physical development and communication & language. There are also four additional specific areas covered; literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and exploring media and materials.

Information about the EYFS, aimed at parents and carers, can be found at:

This document is called ‘4 Children – Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the EYFS’

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. They learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

Children learn and develop in different ways; some are active learners, some learn through playing and exploring and others are critical thinkers……. Most children will learn in all of these areas.

Ofsted judged our nursery as ‘Outstanding’

  • ‘Children have fantastic opportunities to develop to their full potential in a highly stimulating and exciting learning environment’
  • ‘Exceptionally robust systems for observation, planning and assessments are in place. Teaching highly motivates children and all practitioners work hard to provide a dynamic range of challenging age and stage appropriate activities that are expertly linked to children’s interests.’
  • ‘Children are exceptionally supported by warm and caring staff which fosters their wellbeing. This provides all children with a strong foundation to enable them to be highly motivated and consistently demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning.’
  • ‘All children benefit from the excellent partnerships between the nursery staff and their parents and or carers. This means children’s needs are exceptionally well met.’


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