The Early Years Foundation Stage
Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Curriculum known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The curriculum tracks children's progress from birth until 5 years The EYFS has 7 Areas of Learning and Development which include 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas.
Prime Areas of Learning
Communication and Language Development
Personal Social and Emotional Development
Specific Areas of Learning
Understanding of the world
Expressive Arts and Design
The Prime Areas of Learning support a child’s development of identity and empathy, enabling them to form positive relationships, communicate effectively and become effective members of society.
The Prime Areas of Learning are the fundamental building blocks to a child’s development and learning, without a strong foundation in these areas it can make it more challenging for children to further their development in the Specific Areas of Learning. Should it be identified that a child is showing a development delay in the prime areas then additional support maybe needed from outside professionals such as Speech and Language or Occupational Therapy.
All areas of learning in the EYFS are delivered through play based activities using a wide range of resources and opportunities. These are planned using the children’s interests and the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning.
Characteristics of effective teaching and learning
Playing and Exploring
Creating and thinking critically – Thinking