The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for school ‘readiness’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Children’s early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.  Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.  Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences before the age of five will build the foundations for their future learning.

The EYFS framework explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


The Seven Areas of Learning and Development


Learning through Play

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning.  The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are born ready, able and eager to learn.  They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.  Development is not an automatic process, however.  It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

This does not mean that all your child's learning is divided up into specific areas.  One experience may provide a child with opportunities to develop a number of skills and concepts across several areas of learning. Your child's records will be passed on from Nursery and/or Pre-school groups, enabling us to ensure continuity of assessment throughout the Early Years Foundation stage.

Children work and play independently, with a strong emphasis on choice and being able to sustain concentration on projects, as well as joining a variety of nursery practitioner and teacher-led activities. We encourage a partnership with parents so they are actively involved in their children's learning.


The Early Learning Goals and the new EYFS Framework

The EYFS curriculum consists of 17 aspects of learning, at Hollington we provide our pupils with the opportunities the meet the Early Learning Goals in all of these aspects.

In the EYFS we use the ‘Development Matters’ framework. This is due to be updated soon and a new version of ‘Development Matters’ will become statutory in September 2021. You can find out more about the upcoming changed to the EYFS curriculum here.

To check out the current learning happening in Reception, click here