Early years foundation stage

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.

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At Tender Years, an enabling atmosphere has been established for children between the ages of 0 and 5 years since we are aware that they are in a sensitive learning period during which they learn effortlessly through interacting with the surroundings. The curriculum’s overarching goal is to support kids in becoming self-assured adults.

Areas of learning


It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth.

Communication and language

As children develop speaking and listening skills, they’re building the foundations for literacy and learning. Plus they’re learning key skills like how to express themselves and make friends.


It is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage every child to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them.


 This involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces and measure

Physical development

Children at the expected level of development will: Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others; Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing; Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.

Personal, social and emotional development

Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) supports children to learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves.


Understanding the world

It involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology, and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

This is about how children experiment with media and materials finding out about their properties and modifying and manipulating them..


Your child’s progress will be reviewed when they’re between 2 and 3 by an early years practitioner.

Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5.

The assessment is based on classroom observation – your child won’t be tested. It uses the early learning goals, which can be found in the early years framework