The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum that children follow from birth to the end of their first year at school. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the development, learning and care of children from birth to five. All registered early years providers (such as nurseries and schools) have been required to use the framework since September 2008. the framework has been updated and changed and a new Document now replaces the 2008 version. This came into effect from September 2012, based around the same principles and early learning goals for children aged 0-5 years. The curriculum is based around the idea of ensuring each individual child is learning through high-quality play. The curriculum also places more focus to the importance of young children becoming confident, secure children who, when the time comes, are better prepared for school, and ensuring children are not pushed or pressured.