We use the EYFS framework to track children’s development and identify their next steps; taking into account their schemas and interests, enriching our environment to suit. Within the learning and development section of the EYFS there are seven areas of learning and development. Whilst all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected, the framework splits the areas of learning into ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’ areas.
EYFS for Parents
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage: a framework for the Early Years which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years.
Prime Areas of Learning and Development
The three prime areas reflect the key skills and capacities that all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ready for school. These three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical development; and
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We focus strongly on the three prime areas, which are the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas. As children grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas the balance changes towards a more equal focus on all prime and specific areas of learning.
Specific Areas of Learning and Development
The prime areas are strengthened and applied through the specific areas of learning, which are:
Eligible children can also claim up to 30 funded hours. Find out if you are eligible by clicking here to view the criteria provided by the Department of Education. The link also takes you to the HMRC application page. In order to continue receiving 30 hours funding, HMRC request that you log in and check that your details are up to date every three months. If this is not done, you may continue to access your 30 hours funding for a limited period of time (known as a grace period) and then your funding will come to an end.
“ A fantastic tool to allow families to find out more about how their child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS is “What to expect, when?”