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Understanding the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Understanding the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Working with children is one of the most rewarding careers available. If you have an affinity with children and would enjoy helping them to reach their full potential, becoming a childcare practitioner – in whatever role you choose – would be a fantastic option for you. Watching them learn and grow, at every stage, is an ever-changing experience that can make a career in childcare or early years education extremely fulfilling.

An Essential Framework for Childcare

For those who work with children under the age of 5, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework of standards and principles won’t be a strange concept. Formed out of the Childcare Act 2006 and first taking shape in 2008, these guidelines have, for many years, been pivotal documentation for every childcare practitioner who deals with Early Years children.

Update your Knowledge

In 2010, it was asked of Dame Clare Tickell to review the EYFS guidelines, and the final version of the revised EYFS guidelines was released in 2012. It is these revisions, and the changes made in 2014, that are identified as part of this course which is aimed at Academic Level 2 short course. By signing up, individuals will be able to keep their knowledge and expertise updated so that their practice is nothing short of the best.

Key Learning Points

The EYFS framework is a mandatory set of standards for everyone providing Early Years childcare. Perfect for new and existing Early Years practitioners who work in schools, childminders and everybody else who is on the Early Years register, this short course qualification will help to bring individuals up to date with the revisions that have been made between the 2012 and 2014 guidelines.

  • Briefly cover the original EYFS, before continuing on to work through the revisions in detail.
  • Learn more about the formation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework.
  • Get to grips with the Tickell Review of the EYFS.
  • Understand and summarise some of the key changes that have been made between the 2012 and 2014 EYFS framework.
  • Explore the key concepts of ‘Themes’ (A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development) and the associated ‘Principles’ that are part of the statutory framework.
  • Understand the difference between the three new prime areas and four new specific areas of the Learning and Development theme.
  • Identify the formal assessments that are required by the EYFS.

Advantages of this course

  • Course completion certificate.
  • Online course delivery means that you can study the material as and when it suits you. Don’t let other commitments get in your way – you can work at home when you’re able, so no need to worry about cramming lessons into your schedule.
  • Course material is available around the clock, every day of the year. Pick up and put down whenever you like, and study alongside your current position.
  • Add up to date knowledge to your CV to assist when looking for a position in Early Years education.
  • If you need help using the courseware at any point, technical support is available to assist.
  • Use the tables that are found within the learning resources, to help visualise the various development stages that you can expect to see when working within the EYFS framework.
  • Plenty of accompanying guidance documentation, including written pieces, videos, activities and presentations, to help students enjoy a well-rounded look at the EYFS framework.
  • Sign up to the Department for Education (DfE) backed website, Foundation Years, for additional guidance and updates in the form of e-mail alerts.
  • Downloadable revised EYFS documents available.
  • Learn the latest EYFS revisions so that your practice is up to date. Boost your confidence, as well as others’ confidence in you.

Keep your EYFS know-how up to date by signing up to this short course, which will ensure you’re familiar with all of the framework revisions in next to no time!

Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
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