The revised EYFS clarifies what providers must do in relation to working in partnership with parents/carers to promote learning and development of all children in their care and to ensure they are ready for school.


The Learning and Development Requirements are informed by the best available evidence on how children learn and reflects the broad range of skills, knowledge and attitudes children need as foundations for good future progress.

The EYFS Learning and Development Requirements comprise of:

  • Seven areas of learning and development and the educational programmes
  • The early learning goal which summarises the knowledge, skills and understanding that all children should have gained by the end of the Reception Year
  • Assessment requirements for children's achievements and how and when progress should be discussed with parents/carers

In planning and guiding children's activities practitioners must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice.

The EYFS makes it clear that the characteristics of effective learning are:

  • Playing and exploring. Children investigate and experience things and 'have a go'
  • Active learning. Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and thinking critically. Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things

These characteristics underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

More information can be found on the Foundation Years Website.