Evolution Childcare engage EYFS learning and development in nursery education for children aged from 4 months to 4 years. The education and curriculum provided and delivered is the British Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS).

EYFS learning & development in practice

The 7 areas of learning

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. These are divided into three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. These areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The three Prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The four Specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as follows:

Communication & language

Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development

Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social & emotional development

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development

Involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.


Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world

Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts & design

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and 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.

EYFS observation and recording

EYFS Observations and Recording in the The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum requires all nurseries to carry out formative assessment from when a child first starts to attend a setting outside of the home, until the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Evolution Childcare focus their priorities towards developing sound assessment processes in order to assess and plan for each child. A clear Nursery vision is highlighted by the Evolution Childcare approach. All nursery practitioners are part of that vision as they have the skills and experience to contribute as well as willing to learn.

EYFS next steps

In order to plan EYFS Next Steps effectively for each individual child, Evolution Childcare Nursery practitioners need to observe the children in their care so that they are aware of their abilities and interests and plan next steps. They need to know what the child has enjoyed and achieved previously. Parents are involved in the EYFS Next Steps planning process in the following ways.

  • Sharing experiences and information on what interests their child at home
  • Setting targets for their child
  • Doing activities at home that support their child to reach their target
  • Extending activities from the setting
  • Documenting their input onto the planning sheets for their child

Planning involves challenging the child to take the next step, so practitioners are fully aware of child development. A child needs to feel satisfaction in having achieved a task before moving them onto something more challenging. It is also important to remember that children enjoy revisiting an activity and learn by repetition.

EYFS Next steps & effective learning

When planning, our Nursery practitioners have a clear understanding of the characteristics of effective learning and how these thread through all the seven areas of learning – this enables key next steps to be planned effectively.

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creative and thinking critically

Our practitioners are fully aware that each child is unique and will have different methods of learning. The detailed knowledge of each child helps practitioners to develop suitable activities to support their learning.