The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.  At Grendon Underwood, we have two brilliant Early Years classes – for more information, please click on the links below:

Areas of learning

Your child will mostly be taught through games and play.

The areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • physical development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design


What can you do at home to support your child?

Communication, Language and Literacy

Developing good listening skills

The ability to listen is important in a child’s learning journey. This is an on-going skill which they will continue

through their childhood. Some suggestions on how to support this at home could be:

  1. At family meal times, encourage all family members to listen and talk to each other, taking it in turns to talk.
  2. Read books to your child, especially at bed time.
  3. Taking advantage of long car journeys to play simple games for example eye spy
  4. Playing Simon says


Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Encouraging using number language in play or in everyday situations

  1. When you are out shopping, you could ask your child to help by asking them to get you three apples or two bananas
  2. When its bath time, see if your child can count items in the bathroom such as ducks, toys or tiles!
  3. Maybe ask your child to help you set the table, they could help get out four forks, three spoons etc
  4. Taking advantage of long car journeys to play simple games for example or “how many red cars can you see.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Encouraging your child to understand and investigate the world around them

  1. Encourage wild life into your garden and talk about what they are.
  2. You could explore the garden looking under stones and logs, you can even use a magnifying glass to get up close and personal!
  3. Talk about what activities you do on different days of the week e.g. “we go to nursery on a Wednesday”


Physical Development

Encourage children to use their bodies

  1. Walking to nursery
  2. Visiting the park and climbing on the equipment
  3. Riding bikes or scooters
  4. Kicking a football


Creative Development

Encouraging make believe games

  1. Make dens using sheets and pillows over a chair or table
  2. Dressing up
  3. Making puppets and putting on a show – you can either make your puppets out of paper bags or stick faces to straws or sticks.


Birth to 5 guidance