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Curriculum for the EYFS
Learning and development is one of the two key areas of the EYFS. The other is safeguarding and welfare.
Why is learning and development key?
Learning and development shape the activities and experiences that childcare providers offer children under the age of 5. The EYFS states that the educational programme offered must involve activities and experiences that cover 7 significant and inter-connected areas of learning and development.
We’ll now take a brief look at each of these 7 areas and why they are important
Communication and language development
Providing an environment for young children to express themselves and speak and listen in a range of situations allows them to develop their language and communication skills.
We all know that young children often love to be active, but they also need to understand that continued physical activity as well as healthy food choices are important, and why.
Personal, social, and emotional development
This area helps to shape children’s social skills and develops respect and an understanding of their different feelings.
It’s important for children to discover phonemic awareness – the ability to hear and identify different words and sounds, and also to start reading and writing.
Children need to be guided in developing skills with numbers and calculations, as well as being able to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world
This involves children making sense of things by observing and exploring everything from the places they spend time to the technology and other things that they use.
Expressive arts and design
Activities like drawing, playing with paint, instruments or technology all give children the chance to express themselves and learn new things.
The four guiding principles
There are four guiding principles in the EYFS. It’s important that these principles are used when implementing the above 7 learning and development areas:
1. That every child is unique.
2. That every child can learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
3. That children learn and develop best in enabling environments.
4. That children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.