The Early Years Foundation Stage (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. It promotes teachimg and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for future progress through school and life.
Four guiding principles should shape practice in early years settings. These are:
Characteristics of effective teaching and learning
The three characteristics are:
Activities & Experiences
There are 7 areas of learning and development all of which are important and inter-connected.
The 3 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. Children are supported in the 4 specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
3 Prime areas:
4 Specific areas:
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