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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage

                                                                                                                                                                                            How will my child be learning in Foundation 1 and 2?


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has it's own curriculum (2012) specifically designed for young children. It supports your child’s learning and healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 Prime Areas first. These are:


Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development

                                                                                                                                                                                               These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.


As children progress, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 Specific Areas. These are:




Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design

                                                                                                                                                                                                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 tasks are suited to your child’s unique needs.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                This is similar to the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's individual needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by   playing   and   exploring  , being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Further details about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum can be found at

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to talk to the F1 or F2 team!