Early Years Foundation Stage

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The EYFS is a very important stage as it helps your child to get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born their early years experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development care and learning needs. 

EYFS sets out:

* The legal welfare requirements that Stepping Stones Nursery must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.

* The 7 areas of learning and development which guide our engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.

* Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.

* Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of reception year, these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals”

Within the EYFS Framework there is a set of welfare standards that we must follow. These standards include the numbers of staff required in our Nursery, How many children we can look after and how we administer medicines and carry out risk assessments.


At Stepping Stones Nursery your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development. We develop the 3 Prime Areas first as those are the most essential for your child’s development and future learning.

 These are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

As your child grows, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 Specific Areas.

These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We use these 7 areas to plan your child’s learning and activities.

What happens when your child reaches the age of 2?

After your child has turned 2 we will review your child’s progress against the 3 prime areas of learning and provide you with a written summary. This progress check at 2 will highlight where your child is progressing well and anywhere they might need some extra help or support. We will also share any relevant information with your health visitor and any other professionals involved in your child’s care at that time. For your convenience, the health visitor’s check can be carried out in Nursery and your child’s nursery progress can be shared with them at this time. Your child’s key person will work closely with you and other family members to share ideas and offer support about your child’s ongoing development.