The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) describes the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. It 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. From the day your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
The framework was revised in 2012 to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter the most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning
As your child grows, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Our staff who are teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
It is a huge progression, moving from nursery to school and we want to ensure that this is as hassle free as possible for you and your child. We work closely with the local schools and the extended community throughout your child’s time with us to ensure we make that transition as smooth as possible when the time comes.
Why send your child to a school pre-school when they turn three? Our nurseries follow the same curriculum and aim to get your child prepared for school. Open 51 weeks of the year, with full and half day sessions, we can offer your child enriched learning experiences at Little Hands.
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