We know that the early years of a child’s life are crucial to their development and our practitioners work to ensure that every child gets the best possible start in their education at our nurseries.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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. The EYFS Framework helps ensure children are ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.

Through the EYFS Framework your child will be learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their outstanding 7 Areas of Learning & Development. Children should mostly develop the 3 Prime Areas first. These are:

  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development

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

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

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. Children in the EYFS learn by playing & exploring, being active and through creative & critical thinking which all takes place both indoors and outside.  The EYFS Framework underpins everything we do here at Holyrood Nurseries and is firmly embedded throughout our practice each day.

We have a clear operational plan for the nursery and a detailed Ofsted Self Evaluation. This self evaluation is designed to inform the reader about the way our nursery operates and how the EYFS Framework is embedded throughout our practice.

Management and staff work through the Quality Improvement Support Programme – this encourages reflective practice and assists in the self evaluation processes.  Our nursery teams are guided by our local council and EYFS consultants with regards to planning for the children so that they are in line with local guidance.

For more information on the EYFS Framework, visit