Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a is the Early Stage UK Curriculum in England the age range is 0 – 5 years of age in Wales, NI and Scotland is it 0 – 7 years of age.
The EYFS Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It is based on on-going observation and assessment in the three prime areas of learning, and the three characteristics of effective learning, set out below:
The prime areas of learning
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning
- Understanding the world
- Expressive art and design
Characteristics of effective learning
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
- For more information about the British Early Years Curriculum please click here
Our Foundation Learning Stage begins at Pre-Nursery and continues through Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception. Here our students develop their early skills of questioning, exploring and investigating the world around them, as well as develop their basic skills in Numeracy and Literacy, including developing their knowledge of phonics.
Verbal communication in Standard English is such a valuable asset that explicit teaching is vital to a child’s development; there are skills that all students need to consciously learn if they are to become effective communicators.
Within the Early Years setting, the ability to speak clearly and with confidence is a key area for development. Throughout their day, children have a variety of activities to promote their communication and language development.
All children in Early Years have a portfolio containing their reading records, pieces of work and their EYFS Profile. These folders move up with them to their next class the following year. In KS1 & KS2, we keep assessments in individual folders at school, which students can view throughout the year. These will be available at parents’ evenings.