Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is an international standardised, educational programme designed as a gradual introduction to a life-long learning and formal instruction. EYFS sets standards to ensure that children learn and develop well in a healthy and safe environment as they begin to optimize their potentials. It stimulates learners’ “school readiness” and provides them broad range of knowledge and skills that strongly supports the right foundation for good future progress throughout school and life.
The programme is taught in a thematic approach where it works around two learning areas; prime and specific. The prime areas (Physical, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) are substantial because they lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning and of life. Specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding the World and Creative Development) provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their content knowledge and critical thinking skills.
Most significantly, EYFS recognizes the value of play as it provides array of avenues for purposeful learning and various opportunities to allow them to connect to their work environments, furthermost to the real world.