Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

 All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. The EYFS supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives parents the confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.

Little Stars follows the EYFS and in line with this framework acknowledges that children learn best through play and exploration so provides an environment rich in both and ensures that children are offered a balance of child-led and adult-led activities as well as maintaining the balance of achievable and challenging tasks to develop high self-esteem and autonomy.  

Delivering a rich and varied curriculum is key to supporting children to reach their full potential and the Curriculum Leader will have the role of ensuring this quality threads through all levels.  

All staff are supported by the Curriculum Leader ensuring that the quality of provision is delivered to the children at the same high standard whether being delivered by a member of staff holding a Degree in Early Years or by an apprentice.  

Children’s progress information is recorded so that monitoring of the provision takes place and to ensure that all children are accessing the curriculum holistically, recognising their individual learning and development needs. The cohort progress data of all children is used to inform the identification of the settings strengths and areas for improvement.  

There are seven areas of learning and development to be covered during the Early Years foundation stage, these are:

Prime Areas

Personal, social and emotional development.
Communication and language
Physical Development

Specific Areas

Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design

It is with this in mind that all activities at Little Stars are planned to provide positive learning experiences for your children