Child-initiated learning in the EYFSWhat is child-initiated learning in the EYFS? This article explains child-initiated learning and looks at suggestions on how to support it. You will also find approaches to child-initiated play adopted by Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings.
Child-led and adult-led activities in the EYFSHow often should children engage in adult-led activities? We look at what the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) says about child-led and adult-led activities. We also include examples of schools’ EYFS policies and research on child-led and adult-led activities.
Ensuring that play is purposeful: EYFSHow can we ensure that play is purposeful? We refer to what the EYFS framework and the Ofsted inspection handbook say about purposeful play and its balance with adult-led activities. We also relay advice from two of our associate education experts on ensuring that play is purposeful.
Equipment for an EYFS classroomWhat equipment should be used in an EYFS classroom? In this article, we relay advice from one of our associate education experts and look at the equipment that different settings use. We also link to commercial organisations that provide EYFS equipment.
EYFS evidence scrutiny proformasAre there evidence scrutiny proformas for the EYFS? We worked with one of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc proforma for scrutinising evidence of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We link to a template from an LA and guidance on making work scrutinies effective.
EYFS framework 2017: summary of changesWe summarise key changes in the 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework relevant to schools and nurseries, including new requirements related to paediatric first aid training.
EYFS framework reforms: consultation summaryThe DfE is consulting on changes to the EYFS framework. Download our summary sheet to compare and contrast the proposals with the existing framework, and discuss it with staff to help you develop your response.
EYFS planning scrutiny proformasAre there examples of planning scrutiny proformas for the EYFS? We worked with two of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc with a planning scrutiny proforma and sample text. We also link to other articles with forms for scrutinising pupils' work.
EYFS timetables: examplesAre there examples of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) timetables? This article highlights EYFS class timetables and nursery timetables. It also looks at examples of timetabling approaches in nursery schools developed in response to the 30 hour offer.
Guided reading strategies in the EYFSAre there strategies for conducting guided reading in the EYFS? We refer to two experts' advice on how to conduct guided reading in the EYFS. We also link to an Ofsted report that highlights successful strategies for teaching reading in the EYFS, including guided reading.
Key person in the EYFSIs there information on children’s key person? We explain that each child must have a designated key person in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and we look at how many children should be assigned to a key person.
Maths plans for the EYFSAre there examples of maths plans for the early years? In this article, we look at how learning objectives for maths have been included in schools’ medium and long-term plans for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Personalised planning within the EYFSHow is personalised planning applied in the EYFS? One of our associate education experts provides advice on personalised planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and discusses involving parents, and planning for large reception classes. We link to further articles on planning in the EYFS.
Planning in the EYFS: examples, guidance and case studiesAre there examples of outstanding planning for the EYFS? Ofsted does not specify what outstanding planning looks like. We link to examples of planning from 'outstanding' infant and special schools, and examples of planning templates from local authorities.
Planning templates for the EYFSAre there planning templates for the EYFS framework? This article relays advice from one of our associate education experts on producing a planning template based on the EYFS framework. We also link to templates produced by local authorities.