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The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around four Key Themes

The themes are

  • A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

  • Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

  • Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.

  • Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected

Children in EYFS learn in many different ways.   Staff regularly observe the children to match activities to their learning styles and encourage challenge by trying new ways to learn.  Below are the Characteristics of Effective Learning and examples of what this learning might look like.  


Playing and exploring – Engagement
  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active learning – Motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically – Thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things