From April 2017 all early years provisions must follow the revised Early Years Foundation Stage framework developed by the Government. This includes a learning and development curriculum of seven areas.

The three prime areas of learning are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development.

The four specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design.


Children are expected to achieve a number of goals by the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of five. The early learning goals for communication and language are as follows.

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