Early Years Foundation Stage

Kid playAt Little Owls we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and support them to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is vital and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. We know that when parents choose to use early years services they want to know that the setting will keep their children safe and help them to thrive.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance and we are committed to working towards these.

About the Themes and Principles

The EYFS is based around four themes:

  1. A Unique Child
  2. Positive Relationships
  3. Enabling Environments
  4. Learning and Development

Each theme is linked to an important Principle:

A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

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