Curriculum: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (DFE, April 2017)

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the statutory framework for the early education and care of children. 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 foundations for good future progress through school and life. The publication can be viewed on – type in statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

The areas of learning and development

 There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in early year’s settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The three prime areas are:

Communication and Language; • Physical Development; • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The four specific areas are:
  • Literacy • Mathematics • Understanding the World • Expressive Arts and Design
Activities & Experiences

We will provide activities and experiences for children that incorporate the seven areas of learning and development following specific topics.

Learning Journals

The Nursery & Pre-School have 'topics of learning' that are followed, for example, 'colours & shapes', 'growing' and 'me, myself & I.' These topics help our practitioners to plan experiences and activities for the children ensuring that each child receives a challenging and enjoyable experience in all areas of learning and development. The children's 'learning' is recorded in their Learning Journey Profile by using photographs, spontaneous and focus observations, art work, and messages/photos from home.

Additional Needs

Children with additional needs are given time and support to ensure their learning and development needs are met in order for them to progress. Strategies are also put in place from the advice and guidance of outside professionals if children require them.


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Sunshine Nursery & Pre-School, 50 Brookland Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3FA