Early Years Foundation Stage
All schools and Ofsted registered
early years providers in the maintained, private, voluntary and
independent sectors attended by children from birth to five years
old have to follow a structure of learning, development and care
for children. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage
(EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of
activities. This ensures that whatever setting you choose you can
be confident that your child will receive a quality experience that
supports his/her development and learning.
It's not about introducing a curriculum for young children or
making them read or write before they're ready - quite the reverse.
It means being sure each individual child is learning through high
quality play, that's tailored to them. So they develop at their own
pace, having fun, making friends and learning as they play.
Becoming confident, secure children, not pushed or pressured but
ready to reach their potential.
The Early Years Foundation Stage applies to:
- Reception and nursery classes in maintained and independent
- Day nurseries
- After school and breakfast clubs
- Holiday playschemes
- Children's centres
It does not apply to:
- Mother and toddler groups
- Short-term, occasional care (eg crèches)