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
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative thinking. It is very important that children develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning. During the day the children will take part in activities covering all aspects of The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, sometimes individually, in small groups or as a whole class. The curriculum will be taught both indoors and outdoors.
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.