Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation stage at AWS sets very clear standards for the learning and development of children from the age of 3 to 5 years old. Children at this stage are actively engaged in the learning process while they are being involved in hands-on activities, games and play.

The early years foundation stage at AWS sets very clear standards for the learning and development of children from the age of 3 to 5 years old. Children at this stage are actively engaged in the learning process while they are being involved in hands-on activities, games and play.

The content of the curriculum in Kindergarten is broadly based on the framework 'Curriculum Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage' published by the UK Department for Children, Schools and Families. This framework directly supports the English National Curriculum, which begins the term after a child turns 5 years old.

Planning and teaching for the Foundation Stage is broadly based on children's development in the seven areas of learning outlined in the curriculum framework:

The seven areas of learning and development will shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • Communication and language; 

  • Physical development;

  • Personal, social and emotional development  


At this young age Personal, social and emotional development underpins all other learning. Children need to be able to relate to adults and other children with whom they have daily contact. This broad curriculum is taught through themes. Each theme will have a range of activities planned to specific learning outcomes, together with a range of free choice play activities.

The themes will also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy; 

  • Mathematics;

  • Understanding the world; and

  • Expressive arts and design.  

Children’s progress is assessed continuously in the classroom to ensure that they are meeting the early learning goals.