ToucanLearn and EYFS

The first five year of a child's life are critical in terms of development and learning. That is why the government developed the Early Years Foundation Stage. Find out more about EYFS here, and how ToucanLearn ties in with it...

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Supporting the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Year Foundation Stages (EYFS) define seven areas of learning and development for children from birth to 5 years. All of ToucanLearn's activities are graded according to the EYFS and Premium Members can search for activities within each area. This helps childminders with their planning, and allows parents to follow EYFS at home with the minimum of trouble.

Since 2008 all childminders registered in England who look after children under 5 must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage and be inspected by OFSTED. The EYFS framework provides the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to the end of the Foundation Stage.

In September 2012, the framework was revised and labeled EYFS 2012. This aimed to simplify the Areas of Leraning and divided them into two subgroups, Prime and Specific Areas. The Prime Areas are skills learned from an early age but as a child grows older, they begin to learn through teaching and these areas are the Specific ones. As a child grows older you will naturally find that more emphasis is placed on Specific Areas.

Prime Areas

1. Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

2. Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour
  • Making relationships

Specific Areas

4. Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing

5. Mathematics

  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measures

6. Understanding the World

  • People and communities
  • The World
  • Technology

7. Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative