Early Years Foundation

The Purpose and Aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child's experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

It is mandatory for all schools and early years providers to follow the principles and guidelines set out in the early Years Foundation stage.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is divided into 4 principles.

  1. A unique child
    Principle - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  2. Positive Relationships
    Principle - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person
  3. Enabling Environments
    Principle - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning
  4. Learning and Development
    Principle - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

At Tiptree pre-school playgroup we offer a high quality curriculum, that follows the guidelines of the Governments Early Years Foundation Stage. Our activities are designed to meet the seven areas of learning set out in the EYFS.

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Personal
  3. Social and Emotional Development
  4. Maths
  5. Physical Development
  6. Literacy
  7. Understanding the World and Expressive Art

We provide a wide range of fun play activities which enable the children to reach their goals. Play is extremely important to young children and provides them with many essential skills that they will need as they grow older. It helps them to learn and develop through talking and doing.

The foundation stage runs from birth to the age of five, so the same curriculum we use in our settings is continued at school and runs through to the end of reception class. To this end we work closely with all the local schools to ensure a smooth transition for all our children.