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What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

A Unique Child

Recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resiliant, capable, confident and self-assured. The commitments are focused around development, inclusion, safety and health and well-being.


Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. The commitments are focused around respect, partnership with parents, supporting learning and the role of the key person.


Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending childrens development and learning. The commitments are focused around observations, assessment and planning, support for every child, the learning environment and the wider context – transitions, continuity and multi-agency working.

Learning and Development


Recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected. This approach ensures that the EYFS meets the overarching aim of improving outcomes and reflects that it is every child’s right to grow up safe, healthy, enjoying, achieving, making a position contribution and with economic well-being.


Parents need to feel confident that even in nursery their children are learning. There are of course formal educational goals set for young children through the Early Years Foundation Stage which all nurseries, preschools and schools must adhere to. At Nutkins Nursery we have adopted a highly successful philosophy to this, which is ’Learning through Play’.


At the heart of this approach we create an environment where a childcan express themselves and experience a balanced curriculum of educational activities and experiences. The ability to do this through interaction, involvement and fun ensures that a child can access learning in a fun, non-pressurised way and develop his/her abilities in all areas.

The EYFS is a structure of learning and development which the goverment states all providers of early years education, from 0-5 years must follow. The EYFS principles that guide the work of all practitioners are grouped as follows:

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