From 1st September 12 all Early Years settings must
implement the revised Early Years Foundation Stage.
Four guiding principles shape practice in early years
(Statutory Framework for the EYFS. 2012)
There are seven areas of learning and development that must
shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of
learning and development are important and inter-connected.
There are 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific Areas.
The Prime Areas
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's
curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their
capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three
areas, the prime areas, are:
The Specific Areas
Providers must also support children in four specific
areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and
applied. The specific areas are:
In planning and guiding children's activities, practitioners
must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect
these in their practice. Three characteristics of effective
teaching and learning are: