Learning and Development
Children are developing all the time and their learning reflects this. So, for example, when a child can pull themselves up to stand they can suddenly reach things they couldn’t get to before, or when they learn new words they begin to label objects such as a ball or a drink, or ask questions ‘what’s that?’.
The Revised EYFS uses the term Learning and Development to describe seven areas of learning. These are all related to each other; however they are divided into Prime and Specific Areas.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
In addition the Revised EYFS refers to the different ways that children learn as the Characteristics of Learning:
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.
Together with the Prime and Specific areas these comprise the knowledge, skills and experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children from birth to 5 years. Underpinning all areas are the EYFS Principles