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We adhere to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS framework sets the standards to ensure that children aged from birth to 5 learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

This framework is for all Ofsted registered early years providers in all settings, including:

  • nurseries
  • childminders
  • pre-schools
  • reception

Early Years Foundation Stage


No job is more important than working with children in the early years. “Development Matters” have been written for early years practitioners, for childminders and staff in nurseries, nursery schools, and nursery and reception classes in school. It offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn. It guides, but does not replace, professional judgement.

The framework sets out the three prime areas of learning that underpin everything in the early years:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development.


These three specific areas help children to strengthen and apply the prime areas:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design.

All of those areas of learning are connected together. The characteristics of effective teaching and learning weave through them all. That’s because children in the early years are becoming more powerful learners and thinkers. These characteristics develop as they learn to do new things, acquire new skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become better communicators. Development Matters sets out the pathways of children’s development in broad ages and stages. However, the actual learning of young children is not so neat and orderly. The main purpose of these pathways is therefore to help you assess each child’s level of development. Accurate assessment helps practitioners to make informed decisions about what a child needs to learn and be able to do next.


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