Learning & development

The Learning & Development theme of the EYFS, including child development, Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and activities. Regular case studies showcase best practice from early years settings.


EYFS Activities: Birth to two… Treasure basket play

Assemble a selection of natural materials for engagement and learning, says Penny Tassoni

Areas of Learning


Enabling Environments: Collections - On form

Sculpture is an excellent medium for creative expression, but staff and children alike will need help. Nicole Weinstein finds some advice


EYFS Activities: Communication and language… Story of the week

Frequent repetition of stories can help to develop a child’s vocabulary, explains Rebecca Wilson


EYFS Activities - Flying high

From a zip wire to sledging, one setting in Scotland is uniquely adventurous. By Marianne Sargent


EYFS Activities: Birth to two… Swing time

All young children enjoy swings, which is handy because they aid development. By Penny Tassoni


EYFS Activities: Birth to two… Finger rhymes

Babies and toddlers love finger rhymes, which also have developmental benefits, explains Penny Tassoni