What is the EYFS Framework?

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.

The framework has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop.

It sets out:

How We Monitor Your Child’s Progress

All early years providers are required to meet certain standards set out in the early years foundation stage (EYFS). One of the requirements is that members of staff use ongoing observations to monitor how your child is developing and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience in all areas of their learning and development.

Our method to help with planning and keeping track of progress is using an interactive Nursery software app called Tapestry and is available to all parents to download to their phone, tablet or computer. The Tapestry Child Development tracker is divided into each area of learning and development, setting out the child’s progress across the prime and specific areas of learning from birth to five years.

What are prime and specific areas?

The statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (DFE, 2017) focuses on how your child learns and what adults can do to encourage that learning. It identifies three prime areas, which are considered to be fundamental through the EYFS, and four specific areas which include essential skills and knowledge and provide important contexts for learning.

The three PRIME areas are:

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language

The four SPECIFIC areas are:

Literacy Development


Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design