It is during these early years that children grasp essential skills that provide the foundations of their future development as happy, healthy and confident individuals.
The EYFS supports children’s learning and development while ensuring they are kept healthy and safe. The four guiding principles which shape our practice are:
A unique child – recognising that each child is individual, constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive relationship – children can learn to be strong and independent when they are included and involved.
Enabling environments – in which children’s experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers.
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates - providing inclusive practice where the education and care includes all children, of all abilities, regardless of special educational needs and disabilities.
The EYFS framework focuses on three prime areas and four specific areas of learning; essential to making sure young children develop healthily and happily.
The Prime Areas form the foundations on which children can then master the specific areas, these include:-
Communication and Language Development
Listening and attention
Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Personal Social and Emotional Development
Self-confidence and awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
The Specific Areas provide essential skills and knowledge and include:-
Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World
People and communities
Expressive Art and Design
Exploring media and materials