The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning and development:
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage states that "All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. The three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive".
The three prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical Development
The four specific areas "through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied" are:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive arts and design
What to expect, when?' is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the Early Years Foundation Stage. It includes how parents can support their children's learning and development.