Pinvin Pre School

Nurturing hearts and minds
on a path of possibilities 

Your Child's Development

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The early years foundation stage (EYFS), sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking, which takes place both indoors and outside. The EYFS is suitable for very young children, and is designed to be flexible so that practitioners can follow your child's unique needs and interests. It recognises that;

    • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which

    their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and

    • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

    This framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

    Areas of learning and development

    The EYFS identifies seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are named the ‘Prime areas’

    Prime Areas;

    Personal, Social and 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.

    Communication and 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 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.

    These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. 

    As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

    Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; and Expressive arts and design.

    For more information on child development please take a look at the document 

    Characteristics of learning

    All children are unique  and learn in different ways. At Pinvin Community Pre-school we ensure we provide many different activities and opportunities for all the children so they can play to learn and learn to play.

    The Characteristics are;

    Playing and Exploring - Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, and being willing to have a go.

    Active Learning - Being involved and concentrating, keep on trying and enjoying and achieving what they set out to do.

    Creating and Thinking Critically - Having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things.


    All pre-school children attending Pinvin Community Pre-school have a secure personal on-line Learning Journal which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.

    What we enjoy most about Tapestry is how interactive it can be, between the setting and home, you will be able to access your child’s records, and add your own comments and photos, any time you wish via your own unique login. Automatic emails are generated for parents when new entries are made, and mobile apps are available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

    In order for us to set your child up on Tapestry we need parental consent and also your email contact address. When you join the setting, your key person will explain how Tapestry works, how we use it and how you are able to access this great tool.

    Join us in documenting the wonderful journey your child is about to embark on.


    Worcestershire Children First is the company responsible for delivering children’s services across the county of Worcestershire. These services include children’s social care, education, early help and fostering.

    The company is 100% owned by Worcestershire County Council and delivers its children’s services on behalf of the local authority working with partners across the county to ensure children, young people and families receive the best possible service.

    Click on the text above for our latest Ofsted report.

    Our aim is to work with parents, carers and young people together and to offer advice and support before a situation reaches crisis point. We also work in partnership with, and may refer you to, other services and community groups, including education, health, housing, benefits agencies and the police that can help support you.

    The local first school's website.

    "The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service provides evidence based services that anticipate and respond to the needs of children and young people who experience speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties in Worcestershire and beyond."

    "I CAN is the children’s communication charity. We are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world."

    "Tapestry, The Early Years Online Learning Journal from The Foundation Stage Forum."