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Learning and development

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS Statutory Framework (PDF, 371 KB) outlines the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to 5. The revised EYFS Framework became law in September 2021 and gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver high quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

Throughout the EYFS the overarching principals are that every child is a unique child, and children learn though positive relationships. Children have the best chance to learn and develop in an enabling environment and practitioners need to have a good understanding of children’s learning and development.

The EYFS states it seeks to provide

  • quality and consistency in all early year’s settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
  • a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learnt regularly
  • partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
  • equality and opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.