Early Years Foundation Stage 2021

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers the learning, development and care for children up to the age of five and therefore applies to children in the first year of schooling. 

EYFS framework contains 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) spread across the 7 areas of development:

  • Communication and Language
    • Listening, attention and understanding
    • Speaking
  • Physical Development
    • Gross motor skills
    • Fine motor skills
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Self-regulation
    • Managing self
    • Building relationships
  • Literacy
    • Comprehension
    • Word reading
    • Writing
  • Mathematics
    • Numbers
    • Numerical patterns
  • Understanding the World
    • Past and present
    • People, culture and communities
    • The natural world
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    • Creating with materials
    • Being imaginative and expressive

When planning and guiding children's activities, practitioners must consider the characteristics of effective teaching and learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

The full EYFS document can be found here.