Early Years Foundation stage : understanding the EYFS

19th October 2015

As a successful Early Years Setting we like to regularly ask our parents how to improve and what they wish to know more about. One of the most common areas our parents like to query is the EYFS. Therefore during a series of blogposts over the next few weeks we will be endeavouring to answer these queries and arm you with some knowledge of the current curriculum for the under fives.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the development framework and curriculum of care and learning for children from birth to five years of age. Early Years settings, such as Daybreak and all other Ofsted registered providers, including schools, childminders and preschools, must follow the EYFS and its guidelines.

The EYFS is a government document for all professionals and practitioners working in the Early Years Sector to work from. Meaning that all principles and goals are the same throughout the child’s development in the first five years regardless of where they will be cared for.

This document and the guidelines supporting it came into play in 2008, after the successful ‘Birth to Three matters’ framework and separate ‘Foundation stage’ for 3-5 year olds. It was thought that the first 5 years were such as important stage of development that one sound curriculum was needed to provide the best experiences and opportunities for the care and learning needs of all our children.

The EYFS has been reviewed and further revised a number of times, aiming for a much clearer and easier document. The most recent version, released in March 2017 was updated to take into account staff qualification changes and paediatric first aid requirements. You can find the revised statutory framework here. 

There are two parts to the EYFS firstly the statutory framework, which details all the legal requirements involved in the running of an Early Years setting. There is also the developmental matters document which allows practitioners (and parents) to learn about the seven areas of learning, how they are interconnected in a child’s development and suggestions on how to further help and develop a child’s experiences and curiosity for learning.

We hope this post has helped you to understand a little more of what the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is and please stayed tuned for future blog posts which will go into detail about developmental matters and other areas of the EYFS.



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