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What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a guide for parents

The purpose of this area of the website is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. The links below haves been provided to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

• The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) outlines what adults must do to help children learn and develop and to be healthy and safe.

• This guide below (see link) is for parents of children from birth to five years old. It will help you find out more about your child’s learning and development in the EYFS.

• The EYFS includes seven areas of learning and development. In this guide the seven areas are split into three age bands: Birth to three,  3-4,  4-5 (the reception year in school)

• In each band, there are suggestions about what your child may be doing, and how you can help them. It’s important to remember that children develop in different ways and at different rates.

• After each age band you will find top tips for fun, playful experiences that you and your child can do together at home.

Early years foundation stage

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.

All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The EYFS only applies to schools and early years providers in England. There are different early years standards in Scotland and Wales.


Tick-off 50 fantastic things for you and your child to experience together.

50 Things To Do Before You’re Five gives you 50 activities that parents and carers can support their children to try out and repeat. Each of the 50 Things have been carefully developed by education experts and early years practitioners following consultation with parents.

See link below for menu of exciting activities for families in Oxfordshire with young children, giving you great suggestions for how to have fun and learn at the same time.!/welcome



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