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Early Years Foundation Stage (for Children in Reception)

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their development.


Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Early Learning Goals (ELG) The areas of learning for your child are based on the ‘Early Learning Goals’. These are government guidelines that set out the curriculum that your child is taught and assessed against, starting from birth and concluding in their final year within the foundation stage in Reception. The revised EYFS Statutary Framework is due for implementation in September 2021. These are the organised into two groups (prime areas and specific areas) and consist of 7 areas of learning:


Prime areas

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development (ELG’s: Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships)

• Communication and Language (ELG’s: Listening, Understanding and Attention, Speaking)

• Physical Development (ELG’s: Gross Motor and Fine Motor)


Specific areas

*Maths (ELG’s: Number and Numerical Patterns)

*Literacy (ELG’s: Comprehension, Word Reading and Writing)

*Expressive Arts and Design (ELG’s: Creating with Materials and Being Imaginative and Expressive)

*Understanding the World (ELG’s: Past & Present, People, Culture & Communities, Natural World)


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.