Eyfs Review

EYFS Review
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Where the EYFS applies
All maintained/independent schools or registered early years providers in the private, voluntary and independent sectors caring for children from birth to five must use the EYFS. This includes:
• Reception and nursery classes in maintained and independent schools
• Day nurseries
• Child-minders
• Playgroups
• After school and breakfast clubs
• Holiday play schemes
• Sure Start Children’s Centres
The EYFS ensures:
• Children learn through play
• Providers work closely with parents
• Parents are kept up to date on their child’s progress
• The welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities
The revised, simpler framework for the EYFS was published on 27th March 2012, for implementation from 1th September 2012.
This is a vital part of the Government’s wider vision for families in the foundation years. It demonstrates the commitment to freeing professionals from bureaucracy to focus on supporting children. Together with a more...