Why do I need to know about the EYFS?

The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)  will be the stage your child is in when they attend a setting or a childminder’s home between birth and the age of five. It is also the stage that they are in until the end of the Reception year at school. Children do best when parents and professionals work together. It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else. Practitioners should be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child’s progress.Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others will help you to notice how well they are developing and learning. The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.

What is the EYFS?

The EYFS is a stage of children’s development from birth to the end of their first (Reception) year in school. The EYFS Framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning. It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life.

Why are the years from birth to five so special?

The years from birth to five see the greatest growth and learning for all children. Early learning is the key to your child’s future and families make the greatest difference at this stage.

What can parents and carers do?

Parents and carers are their children’s first teachers. When they are with you, learning can happen at any time and anywhere, for example through: being generous with praise and cuddles; reading things together; playing games, singing nursery rhymes; talking about what you can see in the park or on the street; counting the stairs as you go up and down. Talking to your child is the most important thing you can do!

Find out more information here http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/