The Early Years Foundation Stage framework sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five, when they attend an early years provider. The Early Years Foundation Stage continues until the end of the Reception Year in school.
Children do best when the professionals and parents work together towards positive outcomes.
There are four guiding themes which underpin work with young children:
- A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
- Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
- Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.