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Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

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Pre-school is a place for fun but it is also a place for learning. At this young age, learning is multifaceted. 

Whilst attending pre-school, children will develop the skills that they will need to take their next step to big school. 

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The EYFS Framework is like a National Curriculum for children aged 0-5 years old (commonly called ‘The Foundation Stage’). It tells us what areas of learning we should be covering with your child and approximately what they should be achieving at each stage. 

The end of foundation stage should be reached by the end of Reception Class. However, at pre-school we hope to give them a firm basis on which to base these final skills. (For details on the final targets of The Foundation Stage, see ‘The Educational Areas of EYFS’ page.) 

The EYFS also looks at how to keep your child safe. To do this it sets out a number of legal requirements, such as how many members of staff need to be present and what qualifications they should have. 

What are the EYFS Stages?

The EYFS sets out 7 broad ‘subject’ areas that we need to cover with your child. Each of these areas has detailed goals for the children to aim for by certain ages. 

At Manor Park Pre-school we are looking at the following age brackets:

  • 16-26 months (approximately 1½ - 2 years old) 
  • 22-36 months (approximately 2 - 3years old) 
  • 30-50 months (approximately 2½ - 4years old) 
  • 40-60+ months (approximately 3½ - 5years old)


What Are the Early Learning Goals?

Children are regularly assessed throughout these stages.  We are looking at developmental markers that help us work out how your child is progressing.

The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) are the levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year.  This considered the end of the Foundation Stage and will take place during your child's first year of primary/first school, after they leave us.

For details of the Early Learning Goals, please see our Educational Areas of the EYFS page.

Where can I find out what my child is doing and how they are getting on?

Information on where to look for this can be found on our Child Centred Play page.


How can I help with my child’s learning?

We always appreciate support and help from our parents. Getting involved in various aspects of pre-school life will help give you a greater understanding of an involvement in these crucial years in your child’s early education.


We encourage our parents to take an active part in educating our students. One way you can do this is to get involved in your child's Tapestry account and post photos of your child on a family outing, or whenever they do something new for the first time. It could be getting dressed by themselves, going to the toilet, eating independently, saying please and thank you… anything your child achieves you wish to celebrate!

Other Ways You can Help

For other ways you can help, please see our Getting Involved page.

Where can I go for further information?

You can find the EYFS which includes the early learning goals at www.foundationyears.org.uk. The Foundation Years website also includes a range of resources and contacts.

We also have a Useful Information & Support Board. Feel free to have a browse!

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