At Little Miracles we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The Early Years Foundation Stage is a play based framework that all childcare providers use to ensure that all children from birth to five years are developing and learning.

The EYFS outlines the requirements for providing childcare and how settings are expected to deliver the learning activities we offer.

Areas of Learning


The EYFS is divided into 7 areas of learning, 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas. The prime areas are the main focus in child development until the age of 2 or when they show an interest in the specific areas. After the age of 2 or when the child shows interest the specific areas are introduced.

The practitioners at the nursery observe the children daily in their play and provide challenging activities for them to support their development. Their development is monitored in line with the EYFS to ensure all children achieve.

Please download the following document “What to expect when” from the 4children charity for more information on the areas of learning and developmental expectations.

4Children Parents Guide: What to expect when

Regular progress reviews (and 2 year progress check)

Your key person will meet with you regularly (usually towards the end of term) to discuss your child’s progress, share experiences and plan for the following term. This is an important meeting and we would expect you to attend for the benefit of your child. We will also suggest some ideas for home learning or make suggestions for you to meet with other professionals to support your child where necessary.

Around 27 months (or 6 weeks after your child started) we will complete a 2 year progress check. This is a legal requirement and we will share the outcome of this progress review with the Health Visitor. You can help us by attending the meeting with your child’s key person as well as bringing in the red book after your 2 year check with the Health Visitor.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Apart from monitoring what children learn we also keep an eye on how they learn. This gives us important information on the kinds of learners children are and how we can support them to achieve.

playing and exploring

active learning

Creating and thinking critically