The Purpose and Aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. The EYFS is mandatory for all schools and early years providers in Ofsted registered settings attended by young children – that is children from birth to the end of the academic year in which the child has their fifth birthday. If your child begins their learning journey with us building blocks will be laid and the foundations will be completed in their fist year at school. We work closely with both the local primary schools to ensure a smooth transition for all our children. If you are at all unsure then please don’t hesitate to ask us!

The four colour coded themes of the EYFS are shown below. Each theme has four principles, which are supported by four commitments, which describe how the principle can be put into practice.

A Unique Child - EYFS element - Danbury Pre-School1.1 Child Development

  • Child development
  • A skilful communicator
  • A competent learner

1.2 Inclusive Practice

  • Equality and diversity
  • Children’s entitlements
  • Early support

1.3 Keeping Safe

  • Being safe and protected
  • Discovering boundaries
  • Making choices

1.4 Health and Well-Being

  • Growing and developing
  • Physical well-being
  • Emotional well-being
Positive Relationships - EYFS element - Danbury Pre-School2.1 Respecting Each Other

  • Understanding Feelings
  • Friendships
  • Professional relationships

2.2 Respecting Each Other

  • Respecting diversity
  • Communication
  • Learning together

2.3 Supporting Learning

  • Positive interactions
  • Listening to children
  • Effective teaching

2.4 Key Person

  • Secure attachment
  • Shared care
  • Independence
Enabling Environments - EYFS element - Danbury Pre-School3.1 Observation, Assessment & Planning

  • Starting with the child
  • Planning
  • Assessment

3.2 Supporting Every Child

  • Children’s needs
  • The learning journey
  • Working together

3.3 The Learning Environment

  • The emotional environment
  • The outdoor environment
  • The indoor environment

3.4 The Wider Context

  • Transitions and continuity
  • Multi-agency working
  • The community
Learning & Development - EYFS element - Danbury Pre-School4.1 Play and Exploration

  • Learning through experience
  • Adult involvement
  • Contexts for learning

4.2 Active Learning

  • Mental & physical involvement
  • Decision making
  • Personalised learning

4.3 Creativity & Critical Thinking

  • Making connections
  • Transforming understanding
  • Sustained shared thinking

4.4 Areas of Learning & Development

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language & Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy
  • Knowledge & Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development