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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS framework sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. The EYFS gives parents and carers confidence that the statutory commitments and principles that underpin your child's learning and development experience are fully supported and implemented.

Click the link for - A parents guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage 

The EYFS is about how children learn, as well as what they learn. Children need opportunities to develop their own play and independent exploration. This is enjoyable and motivating. They also need adults to ‘scaffold’ their learning by giving them just enough help to achieve something they could not do independently. Helping children to think, discuss and plan ahead is important, like gathering the materials they need to make a den before they start building. These are ways of helping children to develop the characteristics of effective learning.


When children are at earlier stages of development than expected, it is important to notice what they enjoy doing and also find out where their difficulties may lie. They need extra help so that they become secure in the earlier stages of development. It is not helpful to wait for them to become ‘ready’. For example, children who are not speaking in sentences are not going to be able to write in sentences. They will need lots of stimulating experiences to help them develop their communication. That’s why the time you spend listening to them and having conversations with them is so important.


Children learn and develop more from birth to five years old than at any other time in their lives. If children are at risk of falling behind the majority, the best time to help them to catch up and keep up is in the early years. Every child can make progress, if they are given the right support.


When we give every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need today. We also set them up with every chance of success tomorrow and here at The Woodland Nursery your child with have all the support and development opportunities they require.

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