The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Stage framework (EYFS) sets the standards for children's learning, development and care. It is mandatory in all Ofsted registered provision from birth to the end of the academic year in which a child turns five. The framework aims to ensure all children make progress in their learning and development and are healthy and safe. The EYFS places emphasis on strong partnerships with parents and carers and celebrates children as individuals.

The EYFS framework is based on four Themes and Principles – a Unique Child + positive relationships + enabling environments = Learning and Development for children.

Included within these principles are 'Characteristics of effective teaching and learning', which focus on HOW children learn and develop - 'playing and exploring', 'active learning' and 'creating and thinking critically'.

The EYFS recognises that all areas of learning and development are interconnected but places emphasis on three prime areas - 'Personal, Social and Emotional development', 'Physical development' and 'Communication and language development'. When children are secure in these areas other skills and knowledge will develop in areas known as 'Literacy', 'Maths', 'Understanding the world' and 'Expressive arts and design'.

Experiences for children at Oak Cottage are based on our continuous observations and assessments. We provide a balance of child-led and adult-led activities, resources and challenges that are skilfully planned by our experienced practitioners. We take into account children's current needs, interests and next steps and consider 'the voice' of the child in conjunction with their family as we work together to prepare the child for the next stage of learning.