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Seven areas of learning

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. 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 prime areas are:

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

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

Relevant resources

The Department for Education (DfE) have produced a number of short early years foundation stage (EYFS) films, which are available on YouTube. This example looks at ideas to support children's understanding of number sequence.

The Early Years Early Writing Pathway document aims to give EYFS setting and reception classes the opportunity to audit the provision in place for writing, using Birth to Five matters, and consider the role adults play in this development. As part of the EYFS strategy, the document signposts parents to ways in which home learning can be supported, what prewriting activities look like and outcomes that can be expected at different stages, using the 'Making it Real' materials.