The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage – or EYFS – was introduced in 2007 by the government to set standards for care, learning and development, from birth through to five years of age. Although EYFS is a statutory framework, it naturally mirrors our own values and philosophy at Carr Manor Nursery, where the children receive learning progress journals and a great educational start.

Our childcare is mapped against the framework, which means that everything you see at Carr Manor – from the free flowing indoor areas, through to the engaging outdoor spaces and including the high-quality toys, books and resources – have been chosen to provide the best possible care and learning experiences.

One vital aspect of EYFS is that children should be given every chance to learn through play and we certainly believe that this is vital. At Carr Manor, play and learning are the same thing and our highly qualified staff are trained in developing children across all areas through a range of different play types.

We ensure that your child will have every possible opportunity to learn, explore and have fun and help them to achieve their full potential.

We recognise individuality and effort and celebrate the achievements of all children – recognising that every child learns in a unique way and has a special range of interests and talents that they will develop in their own means, and at their own pace.

We carefully plan all of our care activities with all the children in our care in mind – being aware of their preferred learning styles, skills and abilities, so that everyone gets a stimulating, rewarding experience and feels included.

There are four principles of EYFS which underpin our care, and prepare your children for school:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

We recognise how vital it is to provide the right environment to stimulate learning. Although all children are born curious, able and keen to learn, they need to have the right environment and positive relationships in place to do so. Our care team work to the principles of the EYFS, but also closely with parents, to understand specific needs and to share feedback, ideas and progress.

7 Areas of Focus

Under the EYFS, there are 7 areas of learning and development; 3 prime areas and 4 specific. Prime areas are fundamental, work together and move through and support development in all other areas, these are; Personal, social and emotional development, Physical development, and Communication and language.  Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society, these are; Literacy, Maths, Understanding the world, and Expressive arts and design. Keep reading for further information.

We follow seven priority areas for learning and development when we organise activities for your child to participate in. These are:

Personal, social and emotional development

Where we support your child’s emotional well being so that they can learn to manage their feelings and behaviour and grow in confidence.

Physical development

We help your child to reach their physical movement potential – using indoor and outdoor play with plenty of great toys and games under careful supervision. This theme also relates to healthy eating, and the freshly made meals and snacks that we provide at Carr Manor are of the highest quality.


We encourage communication; giving children the opportunity to experience a rich language environment; developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


We do lots of reading, mark making and later early writing skills to encourage a real love of language.


We use numbers, shapes, blocks, measures and fun games to stimulate a love of maths.

Understanding the world

We help the children in our care to begin to understand the world around them – with activities including planting seeds, looking at wildlife, visiting a shop, seeing a train station and walking in the park.

Expressive arts and design

We encourage plenty of dance, music and imaginative play to help the children in our care to communicate their ideas and express their feelings as they work through new experiences. The children are visited weekly by a professional dance teacher; a particularly fun aspect of nursery life!