The learning and development section of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage sets out the requirements that all early years providers must by law deliver from April 2017. This is for all Ofsted-registered provisions regardless of type, size or funding of the provision.

Expressive arts and design is one of the seven areas of learning and development.

It involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

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