The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework which sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five. The framework is designed for practitioners to use as a guideline in order to deliver improved outcomes for all children within their care.
The EYFS stipulates requirements for learning and development, and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. There are seven areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences, and there are early learning goals that practitioners must encourage children to work towards and achieve.
By planning and delivering a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities, children are able to participate, enjoy and achieve in an exciting and stimulating environment. The framework enables children to develop at their own pace, and practitioners skilfully observe and assess the children to plan next steps in order to enhance their learning.
Each child is assigned a key person who is responsible for monitoring the child’s development, and evidencing this within a personal learning journey, alongside formative assessments and progress summaries. All practitioners aim for every child to reach their full potential.