Why the EYFS curriculum was introduced
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum was introduced in 2008 in England and a revised version came into effect in September 2012. It is a groundbreaking curriculum because it covers all settings that work with Children from birth to five, including Schools.
The aim of the EYFS is to make sure that all Children get a good start both socially and academically. This is done through play and teacher-initiated activities. As well as Children's education, the EYFS also provides regulations to make sure that Children are properly looked after.
Areas of learning and development
The education programme of the EYFS comprises seven different areas of learning and development. The first three are called 'Prime' areas because they are so important for Children's later learning. If you have a Child under three years old, more of the play and activities planned in the setting will focus on developing their skills in these three areas.
Early years providers will plan activities, games and play opportunities to cover the areas of learning and development. Goals are set for Children at the end of the programme for each of these areas. These are known as the Early Learning Goals.