The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children 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 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children. As well as the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child's early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child's learning and development experience.
DfE has published a new guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre. 'What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage' (formerly ‘What to expect when’) guides parents through what to expect with their child’s development. It aligns with the new Development Matters to help practitioners engage with parents about their child’s development.
(From the Foundation Years webpage. Foundation Years is funded by the Department for Education and brought to you by the National Children’s Bureau)