The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (click) is a government framework that sets out minimum standards of care and learning that all childcare providers are expected to deliver. Its purpose is to ensure that all children are provided with a rich learning experience tailored to their individual needs, whilst being cared for in a safe and secure environment. The EYFS contains a series of Early Learning Goals that sets out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of their reception year. EYFS principles into practice cards (click)

“The Early Years Foundation Stage (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 children’s ‘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.”

EYFS Specific Requirements

Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind.

A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly.

Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

Keep children safe and promote their welfare.

Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents.

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

The learning and development requirements are informed by the best available evidence on how children learn and reflect the broad range of skills, knowledge and attitudes children need as foundations for good future progress. Early years providers must guide the development of children’s capabilities with a view to ensuring that children in their care complete the EYFS ready to benefit fully from the opportunities ahead of them.

Contrary to some comments in the press, the EYFS is not a curriculum for young children – it is simply a guide to help childcare practitioners provide effective learning opportunities that are adapted to the needs of each child.

Limehouse Day Nursery continually observe, listen to and assess the children in our care. This enables us to record each child’s achievements in each of the seven areas of learning and development then plan activities and provide resources that will extend each individual child’s learning and development.