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.

In 2012, the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop.

It sets out:
  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare 
  • The 7 areas of learning and development which guide us on how to engage with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge 
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year: these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”


How will my child be learning?



At The Meadows, 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 the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: 

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities and we will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible. The children’s interests will help to guide the topics that we investigate, however, topics that we may explore during the year could be: traditional tales, nursery rhymes, living things, growing and changing, all around the world or all about me.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

As a Mum or Dad, how can I help with my child’s learning?


All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.

If you are able to make time every day to do some of the following things with your child, it will make a real difference to their confidence as a young learner.



It is important that we work together to support your child during their first year at The Meadows. We want you to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things with us that will benefit your child. Therefore we build strong links between home and school through home visits, parent’s evenings, learning workshops, news from home letters and regular daily chats, to name but a few.


When your child is 5

At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the reception year in school – we will complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS profile.

All of the information collected over the year is used to judge how your child is doing in the 7 areas of learning and development. This information is then passed on to your child’s year 1 teacher and will let them know what your child really enjoys doing and does well, as well as helping them decide if your child needs a bit of extra support, what that support should be and if they are already getting it.

We will give you a report of your child’s progress so far as well as identifying next steps for learning.

Where can I go for further information?


 Visit foundationyears.org.uk to find out more about early learning goals. The website also includes a useful range of resources and contacts.