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Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage
May 2008 Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five

STATUTORY FRAMEWORK

NON-STATUTORY GUIDANCE

Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Contents

Section 1 – Implementing the EYFS
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Introduction Putting the Principles into practice General points on provision of the EYFS Meeting the diverse needs of children Partnership working Flexible provision Play Quality improvement – a continuous process The characteristics of a continuously improving setting Transition, continuity and coherence Guidance from the end of the EYFS to Years 6 and 7

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Section 2 – Learning and Development
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Overview of the Learning and Development guidance Development matters Look, listen and note Effective practice Planning and resourcing Assessment

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The Early Years Foundation Stage Practice Guidance

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Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Contents

Section 3 – Welfare requirements
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Overview of the welfare requirements Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare Key person Suitable people Staffing arrangements to ensure safety, and to meet the needs of children Children aged three and over in maintained schools (except for those in reception classes) Children attending reception classes Group size Staffing large groups of children and mixed age groups Examples of staff:child ratios in mixed-age groups Suitable premises, environment and equipment Documentation

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Glossary

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Appendix 1 – Criteria for effective paediatric first aid training

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Appendix 2 – Areas of Learning and Development

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The Early Years Foundation Stage Practice Guidance

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Section 1: Implementing the EYFS

Introduction
1.1 This booklet provides guidance for practitioners on meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. It aims to provide useful advice and detailed information on supporting children’s learning and development and welfare. The guidance looks in more detail at how to implement the learning and development requirements and the welfare requirements in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage document. There is also guidance on children’s development, what to look out for, effective practice and useful hints on planning and resourcing. The sections in ‘Development matters’ and ‘Look, listen and note’ also support the continuous assessment that practitioners must undertake. Of course, these sections are not intended to be exhaustive – different children will do different things at different times – and they should not be used as checklists. The Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage booklet is part of the EYFS package of materials and should be used alongside the: Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage booklet (the legal requirements and statutory guidance); EYFS resources for providers and practitioners (CD-ROM, poster and Principles into Practice cards). The Principles into Practice cards provide easy-to-use information about effective practice across the themes of the EYFS. They are arranged into the four guiding themes which put the requirements into context, and describe how practitioners should support the development, learning and care of young children. The cards include lots of information, hints and further questions to prompt reflection and provide useful pointers for practitioners in their day-to-day work with children. The EYFS poster shows you at a glance how the EYFS Principles support effective practice in the EYFS. The EYFS CD-ROM contains all of the written documents in the pack plus in-depth information on the EYFS, including video...
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