Keep Guard Day Nursery and Pre-School

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and Early Years Professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5 years of age. All early years education at Keep Guard Day Nursery is underpinned by the EYFS Framework. 


This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun, and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.


The EYFS framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but is suitable for very young children, and it is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.


Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


The framework provides a holistic view to the developmental growth of each child.


We believe each child is an individual, by giving attention to the overarching principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The overarching principles are:

You can find the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at The foundation year’s website also includes a range of resources and contacts.


In our most recent Ofsted report, it was recognised that; ‘Children are offered appropriate support because practitioners have good procedures to gather information from parents and, therefore, know the children well. This means that children are secure and enthusiastic, and are developing positive attitudes to learning. Teaching techniques are strong because practitioners have a confident understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage’.