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Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum there are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings.

Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.

These are the prime areas:

• communication and language

• physical development

• personal, social and emotional development


Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The specific areas are:

• literacy

• mathematics

• understanding the world

• expressive arts and design

Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as set out under each of the areas of learning.


Early Learning Goals

The level of development children should be expected to have attained by the end of the EYFS is defined by the early learning goals (ELGs). 

Please click here to see all 17 Early Learning Goals in the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

 The Early years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP)

• In the final term of the year in which the child reaches age five, and no later than 30 June in that term, the EYFS Profile must be completed for each child. 

Each child’s level of development must be assessed against the early learning goals. Practitioners must indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’).


* Children make outstanding progress in the time that they are in our EYFS. 

* Year on year, we have made significant gains in the % of children achieving the expected or exceeding level of development in all aspects of learning by the end of the year.

Please CLICK HERE to see the percentage of children achieving the Good Level of Development each year from 2013 to 2022.

Please CLICK HERE for more information about our Early Years curriculum.


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