Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)
Embracing the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Framework sets out the statutory requirements and practice guidance
for providing high quality learning, development and welfare for
children from birth until the August after their fifth
birthday. It can be downloaded from the National
Strategies (External Website). The Framework is based on
- Recognise each child as a unique and
- Emphasise the importance of providing
- Promote a rich enabling environment
- Emphasise the importance of a play-based
approach to supporting learning and development.
EYFS and speech, language and communication
In order to progress to become competent readers and writers,
children need to have developed good speech, language and
communication skills. They need to be able to understand language,
as well as develop the skills to use language to express
themselves. Children need to have a well-developed vocabulary, with
a real depth of understanding of the meanings of words.
The EYFS recommends that from birth onwards children should be
helped to develop:
- Language for communication
- Language for thinking
- Linking of sounds and letters
Schools and settings should develop their own
strategy for the development of speech, language and communication,
in line with the EYFS guidance, and this strategy should be shared
with parents. It should describe how the setting will support all
children’s communication development, as well as how it will
identify and support children with SLCN. Leaders and managers
should ensure that the strategy is implemented, and should lead
their teams to constantly reflect on and review their practice.
N.B. The EYFS framework is presently being revised and the final
version will be published in October or November 2011. The new EYFS
will be implemented in September 2012.
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