EYFS Curriculum

What is Early Years Foundation Stage?

This is the time in your child’s life between birth and age five or until the end of their time in reception.  This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. The early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.


What is the EYFS Framework – why do we have one? 

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents. In 2012 the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop. 


Foundation Stage Curriculum at South Hylton Primary Academy

We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observation of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning to enable children to achieve their greatest potential.  

All the seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three areas are the prime areas:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 


Children are also supported through the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The specific areas are:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


As a team, we create long term and medium term plans using the EYFS based on a series of topics each of which offers experiences in all seven areas. These plans then inform our short-term weekly planning, alongside our observations, which remains flexible for unplanned circumstances or children’s responses.


Useful Links

EYFS Statutory Framework

Letters and Sounds