Early Years Foundation Stage

The British Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework sets the standards for learning, development and care of children up to 5 years old. Yarburgh aims to provide an environment where the four main principles of the Statutory Framework of the EYFS can be met:

  • Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between staff, parents and carers
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

Yarburgh’s play activities are linked to the areas of development and learning highlighted within the EYFS Framework.

Prime areas

  • Personal, Social & Emotional
    • Making relationships; self-confidence and awareness; and managing feelings and behaviour
  • Communication & Language
    • Listening and attention; understanding; and speaking
  • Physical Development
    • Moving and handling; and health and self-care

Specific areas

Once a child is confident in the above Prime Areas then they will start to embrace the activities our staff provide to encourage learning in the Specific Areas.

  • Literacy
    • Reading; and Writing
  • Mathematics
    • Numbers; and shape, space and measure
  • Understanding The World
    • People and communities; the world; and technology
  • Expressive Arts & Design
    • Exploring and using media and materials; and being imaginative.

In line with the EYFS guidelines your child’s progress will be assessed and written records kept. We operate a key person system. This means that one member of staff is assigned to your child to monitor, support and aid their learning.

Your child’s key person will be discussed with you before your child starts at Yarburgh. This will usually be at an open evening or at a play afternoon that you will be invited to attend before your child starts, or at your welcome session. The supervisors and your child’s key person are always happy to talk about your child’s progress and show you their records. In addition, regular parent consultation mornings are held in order to review your child’s development.

As well as the learning that we promote at Yarburgh we try to encourage parents and carers to share their child’s learning and experience in their home environment. Little printed slips can be found on our notice board, which provide statements, such as ‘Ask me about’ and ‘I’d like to know more’. Please feel free to help yourselves to these slips and complete them with your child to allow the staff and other children to share in these experiences.

For more information on ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ please visit