Early yearsEvery child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life, providing the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities as they grow up. Here at Newman our foundation stage team strive to provide children with those experiences and activities to help them thrive. We provide activities that help children to explore and interact with their environment, so they learn through direct experiences. We place great emphasis on self-help skills, including feeding, toilet training and dressing. We learn through play and sensory experiences every day, and have lots of fun with our friends and teachers! The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document supports us in this. Briefly:

ey2The EYFS is a stage of children’s development from birth to the end of their first year (Reception) year in school. The EYFS Framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning. It includes 7 Areas of Learning. These are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive Arts and Design. It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life. It is based on four important principles.

What are the EYFS Principles?

ey2Theme: A Unique Child

Principle: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Theme: Positive Relationships

Principle: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Theme: Enabling Environments

ey2Principle: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Theme Learning and Development

Principle: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.

What can parents and carers do?

Parents and carers are their children's first teachers. When they are with you learning can happen at any time and anywhere, for example through:


  • Being generous with praise and cuddles
  • Reading things together or looking at pictures
  • Playing games, singing nursery rhymes and favourite songs
  • Talking about what you can see in the park or on the street
  • Counting the stairs as you go up or down
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