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Early Years Foundation Stage…

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals

describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child

get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born

up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support

their development, care and learning needs. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered

to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

The EYFS provides a curriculum for us to support your child’s learning, however all settings deliver this in a different way. EYFS How my child will be learning… The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their 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; and Personal, social and emotional development. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. At Cygnets these are a true focus in our curriculum intent. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; and Expressive arts and design.  
Talk about the numbers, colours, words and letters you see when you are out and about 
Allow your child to cut out and stick pictures from magazines
Plant seeds or bulbs in a pot or garden patch
Cook / bake together
Explore the park at a different time of the year – go off the beaten track
Talk to your child at every opportunity – e.g. what you are doing that day
Share a book 
“Staff carefully plan exceptional activities to excite children and challenge their learning. Children engage intently in 'story acting' alongside friends. They take turns and use their amazing imaginations to act out their stories about 'fairies' and 'dragons' that they have previously shared with staff. Children revisit their previous learning and use their creative thinking skills. Highly trained staff provide a narrative alongside their acting. As a result, children are confident and creative thinkers.” OFSTED 2022