Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.....

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.

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.

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.

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 activities are suited to your child’s unique 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 so that staff can follow your child's unique 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.

For further information on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework visit: www.foundationyears.org.uk



"Both our children have been to Pavilion and we have been delighted with the caring, stimulating and happy environment they have spent their early years in."

"Absolutely fab, Jonny doesn't want to come home after a full day.  The learning & friendship for him is great"

"Both our children are really happy at The Pavilion.  It stands out way above other nurseries we have tried or viewed for its outdoor space and activities, however, what makes it really special is the staff and how enthusiastic, dedicated, imaginative and loving they are.  Moving Harry to the Pavilion was the best thing for him by far."

"My little girl has loved every day that she has been at the Pavilion Nursery.  She has thrived and developed her key skills by the time taken to allow for "Natural Developement" through painting, play, culture, weather etc.  The staff have always been attentive whenever necessary and are friendly, down to earth and appear to enjoy their time at the nursery.  My little girl always leaves with a smile and a look of having enjoyed her day."

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