Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Characteristics of Effective Learning
The ways in which your child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support your child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.
The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.
Playing and Exploring –
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being ‘willing’ to have a go
Active Learning –
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achievements what they set out to do
Creating & Thinking Critically –
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing the way to do things