Early Years Foundation Stage

"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


The EYFS sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.

The EYFS is built around the following principles:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.  The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the EYFS.  All areas are important and inter-connected.  Three areas are particularly crucial for initing children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.  These Prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We also support children in four Specific areas, through which the three prime ares are strengthened and applied.  The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment - playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically - underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.  At Crabtree Pre-school we understand that it is important to know how your child learns in order for us to provide the resources and opportunies that each individual child needs.

When your child starts at Crabtree Preschool they will be assigned a key person.  This persons role is to ensure that your child's care is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help the child become familiar with the Preschool, offer a settled relationship for the child and to build a relationship with you; the parents and carers.

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