Playgroup Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Wed, 14th Jul, 2021

Stockton Lane Playgroup’s Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)



The Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS)


The EYFS sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.  In September 2021 an updated framework was launched backed by a Development Matters document and a Birth to Five document supporting learning.  At Playgroup we will adopt the Development Matters document supported by the Birth to Five document providing a holistic approach to learning. As a registered provider Stockton Lane Playgroup delivers and is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This legal framework ensures your child’s safety and maintains a quality of care and learning.  Copies of Playgroup’s OFSTED report are available from Playgroup and a copy is posted on the internal and external notice board. Alternatively you can download a copy from Playgroup’s website


What is the Framework?


The Framework supports the Staff working with your child and focuses on areas that are deemed to matter most.


The Framework sets out:  The legal welfare requirements that must be followed to keep your child safe and promotes their welfare.


Four guiding principles overarch learning:  Every Child is unique, children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships, children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, leading to the importance of learning and developing


  • 7 areas of learning and development guide Staff in engagement with your child’s through play and activities that helps them to learn new skills and develops their knowledge.


  • Assessments that will inform you of your child’s progress through the EYFS


  • Expected levels of achievement that it is hoped that your child will reach by the end of the Reception Year these goals are called ‘Early Learning Goals’ ELG.






How will my Child be Learning


Educational programmes will involve activities and experiences for your child as set out under each area of learning.


Through information provided by Parents/carers from your ‘All about Me form, baseline assessment and your contribution to your Child’s Learning Profile through Tapestry and Staff observations on your child (seeing and listening to what your child enjoys or is interested in) we can plan activities that are suited to your child’s needs that link in with the 7 areas of learning and development highlighted by the framework. Plans are drawn up each week by the Staff developing your child’s learning using our excellent resources, seasonal changes, topics and environment.  Your child will be nurtured via their key Person taking a specific interest in their development and planning their next learning steps. 


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.  These are:          


  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.


As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:


  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design



Staff teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s needs and are appropriate to their age of learning enabling your child to move onto the next steps at the appropriate time.  It is like a school curriculum but is designed to be flexible.  Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking and being allowed to experiment and express their ideas and options both indoors and outside.  One activity can link several areas of learning e.g. baking – children will communicate, will physically use utensils and ingredients, read the recipe book , recognising numbers relating to quantities and be introduced to where ingredients come from as well as being creative with their baking skills – thus covering 7 areas of learning!


How can I find out how my child is progressing?


Through recorded snap shot observations your child’s key Person will keep you informed of your child’s progress and you can view this through the Tapestry portal on your child’s profile and we highly recommend you putting your observations of what your child can do at home onto your tapestry account so we can build a full picture of your child’s achievements.  You are more than welcome to ask your child’s key person how your child is progressing. Two year development reports and Pre-school reports along with summative assessments are sent out as well as in the Spring term a Parents afternoon/evening is held.


How to help your child


Talk to your child, listen to what they have to say, encourage them with their language through sharing books and singing, visiting the library.  Play alongside them at home or in the park. Take them shopping talk about different foods and their origins, refer to numbers on signs and buses. Let them experience the outdoors exploring the environment.  Let them get messy!  Newsletters and information on the notice boards, Facebook and Tapestry will inform you of activities we have been doing at Playgroup which you may wish to extend or repeat at home.  Please ask Staff what your child has been doing. 




Once your child has settled into Playgroup and at a point after your child turns 2 their Key Person will give you a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning:  communication and language; physical development and personal, social and emotional development.  This is called the progress check at age 2. You can share this information with your Health Visitor or other professionals relating to your child’s health and development.


The progress check at age 2 will highlight areas that your child is progressing with and any areas where they might need some extra support and help.  It also allows Staff to plan the next steps for learning.


Your child will be continually observed and their progress recorded as they develop their skills and these skills will be further developed ready for School in their final term at Playgroup by having a Plus 4 Session each week getting them ready for School. Again this is all done through play. (Further information is provided near the time)


In your child’s final term at Playgroup you will be given a detailed report covering all 7 areas of learning a copy of this with your permission is passed onto the School your child will be attending allowing the Reception teacher to carry on the stages where your child is at (as the EYFS curriculum continues on until the end of the reception year).  This along with their visits into Playgroup is valuable to all teachers as it allows them to have a greater knowledge of your child’s progress and enables them to plan your child’s education in School. Moderation sessions are held between Playgroup and School ensuring our judgments are equal and your child’s progress and interests are discussed.  At the end of your time with us you will be able to download your child’s profile from Tapestry having a record of your child’s progress and observations.


Please feel free to ask your child’s Key Person or the Manager Fiona Wheeler about their progress or any concerns you may have.  It may be that at certain times Staff are busy but a convenient time can always be arranged to suit.  If you are unable to come into Playgroup we will try to make alternative arrangements where appropriate.


I hope that this document gives you a brief outline of how we value the importance of the Early Years Framework and how it is incorporated into Playgroup recognising the importance of the Staffs role in nurturing your child. You can find further information on the Early Years Foundation Stage including the early learning goals at


September 2021