Early years foundation stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

The EYFS supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children. The EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and gives children a range of knowledge and skills that provide the foundations for future progress through school and life.

As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework also gives parents confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child's early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child's learning and development experience.

Most children are born ready and eager to learn, but development is not an automatic process, it depends on each child having the opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

The EYFS sets out the requirements for children's learning and development. These requirements include the early learning goals, the educational programmes and assessment arrangements leading into the foundation stage.

For more information on the EYFS, please speak to a member of Puddleducks staff or visit www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents