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Early Years Foundation Stage

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The EYFS framework emphases the need for a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities and for activities to consider the three characteristics of effective learning. 

What are the 7 Areas of Learning & Development?

All Ofsted registered childminders must work to the regulations set out in the DfE’s ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)’. The EYFS 2012 regulations include 7 areas of learning & development. Three of these areas are considered ‘Prime’ areas and should be given greater focus for young children. The remaining four are considered ‘Specific’ areas, which the childminder should provide equal focus to, as the child develops (potentially from around two years old).

The DfE describes the prime areas as being fundamental to children’s learning of the specific areas, with the specific areas in turn helping to further develop the prime areas. In reality this means planning activities that support the three prime areas for younger children (so until around 2 years-old). For children aged two and above, planning and activities should be widened to also incorporate the four specific areas of learning & development.

The diagram below summarises how the 7 Areas of learning & development are structured with 17 aspects. It also includes the first few words of each related early learning goal.


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