Beech Class

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) begins at birth and ends when a child is 5, at the end of the reception year. The Early Years unit at Alveley Primary School caters for children aged 3 - 5 years old, traditionally the nursery and reception classes.


The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is the statutory framework published in 2012 (updated in 2014) by the Department for Education that sets the standards for the development, learning and care of children from birth to five.


The EYFS Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It is based on ongoing observation and assessment of the three characteristics of effective learning, and the three prime and four specific areas of learning. There are 17 Early Learning Goals associated with the 7 areas of learning. The children are assessed against these goals at the end of the Reception year.


Characteristics of effective learning:

 • playing and exploring

  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

The prime areas of learning:

• communication and language

  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning:

• literacy

  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

This booklet, "What to expect, when?", looks at the stages of development before the Early Learning Goals and may be of interest to you. We use these stages to track your child's progress before they have reached the ELGs.