Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
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 to ensure 'school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
It is based on 7 main areas of learning and development:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age 5 have a major impact on their future life. The EYFS guidelines ensure quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind.