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All about the EYFS

The Department for Education have released new guidance "What to Expect in the Early Years" which you can find below.

There is lots of information about child development including the stages and areas of development, the way children learn, and how you can support learning at home.  There are also lots of links for you to find out more or discover further activities to use at home.

It is quite a large document but we definitely recommend having a browse through to give you a better understand of what to expect when, and how we can work together to support your child.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the "curriculum" we follow throughout your child's time at pre-school and right through until the end of Reception year.  Whilst all children develop at their own rate and there is no "one size fits all" guide to child development, we use the EYFS as a guide to recognising where your child is on their journey and to help us put in early interventions to ensure your child meets their full potential.  You can find out more about the EYFS here:

 The Characteristics of Effective Learning relate to how children learn - for example, looking at how they explore their environment or problem solve when they encounter difficulties.  Developing strong characteristics of learning at a young age will lay the foundations to learning which children will need to succeed later in life.