The EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage.
 
The EYFS framework sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage - the 31 August after their 5th birthday.

The main aim of the EYFS is to help each child achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes: 
 
  1. To be healthy
  2. To stay safe
  3. To enjoy and achieve
  4. To make a positive contribution
  5. To achieve economic well-being 
 
It is based on four themes: 
 
  • A UNIQUE CHILD
    • Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
    • Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secre relationships with parents and/or a key person.
  • ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS
    • The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
  • LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
    • Children develop and learn in different ways, and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected. Meeting the individual needs of all children is at the heart of the EYFS and any professional childminder.  Through observations and assessments, we will be able to build an interesting and useful snapshot of how a child is developing, and this can only be a positive thing.
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