The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework set for learning and development for children from birth to the age of 5. It includes 7 different areas of learning which are broken up into different characteristics. With this framework, a child’s’ progress is reviewed between the ages of 2-3 and then again at the end of their first school year when they are 5 years old.
It is a legal requirement that all schools and Ofsted registered early years providers follow the EYFS framework.
This applies to schools and all early years providers in England.
27,300 Childcare on non-domestic premises as of 31st March 2019; this includes nurseries, and pre-schools.
In Scotland, the Early Years Framework defines early years from pre-birth to 8 years old with 96,549 registrations across the 2,544 Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) centres in 2018.
Montessori education is based on self-directed activities and encourages children to learn at their own pace. Children will work in small groups or on their own to complete specially designed activities and materials to learn about aspects such as language, math, music, the world and more. It is believed that through using their natural instincts, children will repeat these activities and therefore an improvement on coordination, concentration and development will be seen.
Montessori Education (UK) is the national standards body for Montessori education in Britain.
This number is expected to grow as more parents are being drawn to the Montessori system.
Every child a talker (ECAT) is a framework that has been “designed to help practitioners and parents create a developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environment in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language”
Preschool – All pre school settings, voluntary & Statutory as well as private settings are required to follow the ‘Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education’.
Staff should use it to plan, review and develop the best practice across the 6 areas of learning.
As of 2018 ; There are 23,500 pupils in funded pre-school education in Northern Ireland.
Foundation Stage is a statutory requirement Primary school year 1-2 and children aged 4-6.
The Welsh Foundation Phase is the Welsh statutory curriculum for children aged 3-7. The curriculum “promotes equality of opportunity and values, and celebrates diversity”
The framework is broken down into 7 key areas:
Aistear is the current curriculum for children from birth to age 6. However it is not supported by legislation, so it is not statutory. Over the year 2017/18, 118,899 children benefited from Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Ireland.
Based on 12 principles split into 3 groups :
This framework defines ‘early years’ as birth to the age of 8.
‘Building the ambition (2014) is a “ national practice guidance for all those delivering early learning and childcare to babies, toddlers and young children”
Number of primary schools in the UK : 20,925
Statutory national curriculum in the UK for children 5-7 and is split into the following subjects:
Often also taught (voluntary) in KS1:
During KS1 the following Tests and Assessments take place:
Key Stage 1 tests cover :