Early Years Foundation Stage

The curriculum within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is planned around four Guiding Principles:

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 practitioners and parents and/or carers 

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.


This booklet from the Emotional Health Service gives ideas to help parents support their children and provides support for parents themselves. It does refer to returning to school settings following lockdown, but there is also a lot of useful guidance and websites which may help in the coming months and into the future.

The environment is engaging for all pupils and this supports learning with carefully planned lessons incorporating all areas of learning within the EYFS

At Lime Tree, we believe "The Seven Features of Effective Practice" are key to children's development and learning. These principles were laid out in Julian Grenier's non-statutory guidance, "Working with the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Principles into Practice":

There are three prime areas of learning which are key to children's development across the curriculum. These form the foundation that underpins the four specific areas of learning.

How Children Learn

The characteristics of effective teaching and learning are central to the foundation stage curriculum as they focus on how children learn.

Playing and Exploring -

Observing children engage with their learning

Children investigate and experience things and "have a go"

Active Learning - 

Observing how children are motivated to learn

Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements

Creating and Thinking Critically -

Observing how children are thinking

Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things

The Learning Journey

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