EYFS at Westfield Primary School
We hope that you will find this information useful. It is designed to answer some of the questions you may have about the EYFS Curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
The EYFS states that all children need to have a daily outdoor experience. Your child will be outside at some stage everyday.Children are naturally drawn to playing outside and there are numerous benefits of outdoor exploratory play which have a real positive impact on children's lives. There are endless opportunities for creativity and imagination not to mention improved fitness, developed muscle strength and coordination. At Westfield we are passionate about providing meaningful outdoor learning opportunities for our children and are currently developing our outdoor classroom.