The early years of a child’s life, between birth and age 5, is described by the Government and early years professionals as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
This 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. Even from birth, early years experiences should be happy, active, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
As a pre-school registered to deliver the EYFS we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which sets out:
- The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
- The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
- Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
- Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”
At pre-school we use this guidance to enable your child’s keyworker to plan appropriate learning activities so that we can observe and assess how your child is learning and developing.
- What does it mean for me as a parent?
- How will my child be learning?
- As a parent or carer, how can I help with my child’s learning?
- How can I find out how my child is getting on?
- Where can I go for further information?