The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


Provision for the development and learning of children from birth to 5 years is guided by the EYFS. Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage:

A Unique Child: Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments: Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

Learning and Development: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The 7 Areas of Learning


Prime Areas: 
  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Physical development

  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas:
  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design 

Three Characteristics of Effective Learning (Revised EYFS)


Playing and Exploring

Do they investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’?


Active Learning

Do they concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements?


Creating and Thinking Critically

Do they have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things?

Stoke Goldington Pre-School
Stoke Goldington Pre-School
Stoke Goldington Pre-School

"Development can only take place when children are actively involved, when they are occupied with a high non-stop degree of concentration, when they are interested, when they give themselves completely, when they use all their (mental) abilities to invent and make new things, and when this gives them a high degree of satisfaction and pleasure"

- Ferre Laevers