Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.
Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected
The ways in which the 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 the 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.
The Unique Child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning.
- playing and exploring
- active learning
- creating and thinking critically
Children develop in the context of relationships and the environment around them.
This is unique to each family and reflects individual communities and cultures.
Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Targets of The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development in EYFS
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