Taunton Opportunity Group

The Early Years Foundation Stage

At TOG we work within the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, ensuring we meet all the safeguarding and welfare requirements and provide rich learning and developing opportunities for the children.

The Characteristics of Effective learning and the prime and specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected.

“The way in which a child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, actively learning and creating and critical thinking – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner”. (Taken from development matters in the early years foundation stage 2012)

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:-

  • Playing and exploring - engagement

  • Active learning - motivation

  • Creating and critical thinking - thinking

“The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS”. (Taken from development matters in the early years foundation stage 2012)

The Prime areas of Development are:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development

  • Physical development

  • Communication and Language

“The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of prime areas and provide important contexts for learning”. (Taken from development matters in the early years foundation stage 2012).

The Specific areas of Development are:-

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Designs

Our key Person keep observations on each of their key children, they analyze these observations and use their findings to plan, support, strengthen and deepen each child’s learning and development.

For more information please see links to the:-

  • Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage

or alternatively speak to your childs key Person.