Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
The Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and statutory school age (the term after their 5th Birthday), as the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Anyone caring for children in the early years age range, for over 2 hours a day, must register with OFSTED. OFSTED are then responsible for checking that everyone who is registered complies with legal requirements. The legal requirements are set out in the “Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage”. This document sets the standards for learning, development and care for children who are in the early years age range. OFSTED also grade the quality of care and learning that settings are providing. All Serendipitys nurseries are currently graded as “Outstanding” or “Good”.
About the EYFS Framework?
The EYFS contains 3 sections.
The safeguarding and welfare section covers the steps that providers must take to keep children safe and promote their welfare.
The Assessment section describes the arrangements for measuring children’s developmental progress.
The learning and development section specifies the 7 areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences for children in all early years settings.
These 7 areas are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
These 3 Areas are classed as the Prime Areas, they are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. They are the basis for successful learning in the other 4 “Specific” areas, which are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are considered to give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school, and through life.