At first glance, it can appear that the children are ‘only playing’ whilst in the Foundation Stage. However, the best Early Years Education is based on the understanding that whilst children are playing, they are learning. During the day there will be a mixture of adult initiated, child initiated and adult led activities as well as whole class, small group and individual activities.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on four themes and seven areas of learning. You can find out more about these in the Department for Education (DFE) EYFS
The four themes are:
The Unique Child
Learning and Development
The seven areas of learning that are defined as Prime or Specific areas. The Prime areas of learning and development are fundamental, work together, and begin to develop in response to relationships and experiences. They continue to underpin learning throughout the early Years. The three Prime areas of learning and development are:
Personal, Social and Emotional development
Communication and Language
The specific areas grow from these Prime areas to provide contexts for learning. Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to engage with and participate in society. The specific areas are:
Communication, Language and Literacy
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Below are the links for the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and Development Matters, where you can read about the curriculum in more depth.
EYFS Statutory Framework