Sutton Pre School

Learning through play

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.  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:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Your child’s key person will make sure the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. Their learning is designed to be really flexible so that your child’s needs and interests are followed.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


You can download information about school transitions from the links below:

Early Years Transitions 1 – A Guide for Mums, Dads and Carers

Early Years Transitions 2 – From Home into Early Years settings

Early Years Transitions 3 – Between Settings, Rooms and Key People

Early Years Transitions 4 – From Early Years Settings into School

Early Years Transitions 5 – From the EYFS to Year One

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