Childcare Ideas

What Does EYFS Even Mean?

As a qualified early years teacher I often use the abbreviation EYFS in daily life whether it be talking to parents, posting on social media or just in conversation, however it dawned on me recently that unless you are aware of educational terms you probably have no idea what I’m on about and just smile and nod like I do 95% of the time!

I wanted to explain EYFS a bit more for those of you who might not fully understand what it means in regards to our children and how I implement it not only with the children I care for but also how I use it with my own children.

The EYFS is for children aged from birth to the end of foundation (their first year in school) so in theory 0-5 years of age. EYFS stands for Early Years Foundation Stage. It’s a statutory framework used in education.

The framework is separated into 7 different sections:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Physical development
  • Expressive arts and Design

The seven sections fall under PRIME and SPECIFIC areas of learning. Basically PRIME means skills that develop from relationships and experiences, an example of this is Communication and Language which develops from parents or carers speaking to their child. SPECIFIC means essential skills that grow out of the PRIME skills, for example Literacy comes from Communication and Language.


It should always be remembered that children develop at different rates, its not a checklist. So don’t be worried if your child isn’t on this stage or that stage at the same time as someone else.

Equally remember all children excell in different areas so if your child isn’t doing something quite the same as another child their age you don’t need to automatically worry !! The Eyfs document can be found here.

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