Emmbrook Preschool © 2018 | Last reviewed: Dec 2018

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 


The children will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:



These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.


Within these guidelines Emmbrook Preschool promote that Every Child Matters and deserves the best start in life.  It is our intent to work within the four themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage and reflect that within our learning and development programme.


The four themes are:

A Unique Child: Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships

Enabling Environments: Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

Learning and Development: Children develop and learn in different ways and at a different rate; the framework covers the education and care of all children including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Learning Through Play

Play is vital for children. It is through play that young children learn, grow and have fun.  It helps them to understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally.   By singing songs, reading together, playing games with letters and numbers, and having fun with friends. Through this they gain a head start and increase their confidence.  It means being sure each individual child is learning through high quality play, that’s tailored to them.  So they develop at their own pace, having fun, making friends and learning as they play.  Becoming confident, secure children who, when the time comes, are better prepared for school.