Childcare providers, including Nursery Schools and Day Nurseries, will work to the seven areas of the statutory framework set by the Department for Education and Skills known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

This strategy outlines that ‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential’. Areas of  learning consist of three prime areas and four specific areas. The prime areas cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for the children’s school readiness and future progress, and which are applied and reinforced by the specific areas.

Three Prime Areas

Communication and Language – Aspect:  Listening and Attention  –  Understanding  –  Speaking

Physical Development – Aspect:  Moving and Handling  –  Health and Self Care

Personal, Social and Emotional Development  –  Aspect:  Self-confidence and Self Awareness  –  Managing feelings and Behaviour  –  Making Relationships

Four Specific Areas

Literacy: – Aspect:  Reading  –  Writing

Mathematics: – Aspect:  Numbers  –  Shape, Space and Measures

Understanding the word  –  Aspect:   People and Communities  –  The World  –  Technology

Expressive arts and design –  Aspect:  –  Exploring and Using Media and Materials – Being Imaginative