Since September 2000 the term Foundation Stage has been used to describe the phase of education from a child’s third birthday to the end of the reception year. This is a very important stage as it prepares children for all their future learning and successes. Their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support the development, care and learning needs of all children.
The revised, framework for the Foundation Stage was implemented during September 2012. There are 7 areas of learning and development, including three prime areas. These are:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.