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Early Years Foundation Stage

More and more we have to emphasis the way that we are implementing the EYFS and show it within your child’s learning and development in things such as learning journeys, next steps sheets, plans and reports. This sheet will explain some of the abbreviations that you will see within your child’s day to day time at nursery.


Areas of Learning and Development

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

These are broken down into 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas


Below are listed the areas of learning broken down into prime areas and the specific areas and the abbreviations as you will see them around nursery and on the sheets and learning journeys that you receive home.


3 Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional- PSE

Communication and Language- C/L

Physical Development- PD


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.


4 Specific Areas

Mathematics- M

Literacy- L

Understanding the World- UTW

Expressive arts and design- EAD


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.


Initial assessment

Prior to your child entering nursery we get to know them through the “All about me” booklet which is contained within your welcome pack so that we can begin planning for your child ready for their start date. Once they start at nursery we immediately start the assessment process. This includes starting your child’s tracker- an assessment tool to simply show where your child is achieving or needing support within the EYFS and also a next steps sheet.


The next steps sheet is a tool that we use between nursery and home in order to show how we are progressing your child, there is space for you to have input into your child’s development by setting them targets which we can support you with at nursery.


If you have any queries on anything regarding the EYFS then do not hesitate to speak to any member of staff and we will hope to answer any questions. If a member of staff is unable to answer your question they may pass it on to a more senior member of staff who can aid you further

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