Learning and development within the early years foundation stage
You must promote the learning and development of all children in your care working in partnership with parents/carers. You must guide children’s learning giving them the essential skills for the future. You should consider the individual interests and development of each child and use this information to offer rich experiences to meet their needs.
There are 7 key areas of learning within the early years foundation stage (EYFS), which are:
- communication and language
- personal, social and emotional development
- physical development
These 3 areas lay the foundations for children’s success.
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
These 4 areas build on the prime areas and provide opportunity to strengthen learning, including the essential skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for their future.
All 7 areas are important and inter-connected and help to shape the curriculum you provide. Play is essential for children’s development enabling them to explore, experiment, build relationships and think creatively.
Last updated 13 December 2023