Parents’ Guide to the
Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
Exciting times ahead for you and your child at
Haveley Hey Community School
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The EYFS 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.
What does it mean for me as a parent?
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. These are:
Communication and Language;
Physical Development; and
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Understanding The World; and
Expressive Arts and Design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The teachers and key workers teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs 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.
As a mum or dad, how can I help with my child’s learning?
All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.
Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.
Talk to your child about the environment around them
Go for lots of walks to the local parks
- Read to your child as much as possible - sharing a love of books
- Help your child to explore mark making - chalk, play-dough, water/paintbrushes, glup, shaving foam
- Establish a daily routine, including a good bedtime routine
- Encourage your child to become independent (putting on a coat, toileting)
- Eat together around a table as a family
- Sing lots of song and nursery rhymes
- Visit your local mother and toddler group (we have one at school every Tuesday morning)
How can I find out how my child is getting on?
It is important that we work together. You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child. These conversations will either need to be with your child’s key person or class teacher.
- You are welcome into the nursery & reception for the start of day activity every morning
- Teachers are on hand to give you information about your child’s progress.
- Take a careful note of your child’s progress, this will give you ideas as to how to help your child at home.