The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) 

Hermitage Pre-school follows the government’s mandatory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. These government standards help to ensure that in all early years settings, children learn and develop well, are supported and valued as individuals and are also kept healthy and safe.

The framework has seven areas for learning and development and these seven areas are broken down into “Prime” and “Specific” areas.

The three “Prime” areas (which are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive) are;

Communication & Language Skills  - (Listening, understanding & speaking)

Physical Development Skills  - (Moving & handling, health & self-care)

Personal, Social & Emotional skills - (Self-confidence/self-awareness, managing feelings/behaviours, making relationships)

The further “Specific” areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied are;

Literacy  - (Reading & Writing)

Mathematics  - (Numbers, shape, space and measure) 

Understanding the World - (People and communities, the world, technology)

Expressive Arts and Design - (Exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative)


Delivering the EYFS;

As a team here at Hermitage Pre-school, we are all very passionate about our roles and in giving the best start to the children in our care. We are committed to ensuring that;


·      We are continually working in line with the EYFS framework.

·      We are always providing challenging and enjoyable experiences for all the children in our care.

·     We are constantly delivering stimulating well-planned play and learning and development activities. (The children are very involved in the planning for this and they really enjoy inputting their ideas).

·   We recognise and respect the uniqueness of every child in the setting and that we help the children to respect differences between themselves and others through our own behaviours, diverse resources and by delivering inclusive practice.

·  We are always very kind, caring and supportive of all the children in our care and also each other as team members/colleagues.

·   We all continually develop our professional knowledge, skills and experiences and share these with our colleagues (through on/off the job training and other experiences) to ensure the setting is constantly stimulated and up to date with legislation, best practice, great ideas/techniques.