Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)
EYFS Curriculum starts from birth to six years. It is called the Foundation Stage because it gives children secure foundations for later learning, in school and beyond. The Foundation stage Curriculum is organised into areas of learning and development.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.
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.
The EYFS 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 and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The three prime areas are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. As these young children develop we focus in further on specific areas e.g. Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
The four themes of the EYFS are as follows:
A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person.
Enabling Environment – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.