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Early Years Foundation Stage (birth to five years old)

Schools and early years providers have to follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities.

What does the Early Years Foundation Stage do?

The EYFS ensures:

  • children learn through play

  • providers work closely with parents

  • you are kept up to date on your child’s progress

  • the welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities

Further information is available on the www.direct.gov.uk website.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

All early years providers must complete an Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) for each child at the end of the academic year they reach the age of five (for most children this is the reception year in primary school). The profile describes the child's level of attainment at the end of the EYFS and identifies their learning needs for the next stage of school, helping Year 1 teachers to plan an effective and appropriate curriculum for the child.

Further information is available on the DFE website.