Last updated: 20 December 2022
The first five years of a child's life are not only very exciting but also deeply important. A child’s experiences during these years shapes their future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general.
A parent / carer’s guide, ‘What to expect when?' (PDF) is a booklet that has been designed to help parents / carers find out more about how their child learns and develops during their first five years. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time.
This booklet has been written to help parents / carers know what to expect during these vitally important years, by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development, which are covered in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a play-based framework for all children aged 0-5. The framework also focuses on the Characteristics of Effective learning, these are how children learn:
The 7 key areas of learning
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Literacy (including phonics)
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The booklet is also conveniently divided up into 6 age ranges, so it is easy to follow:
- Birth to 11 months
- 8 to 20 months
- 16 to 26 months
- 22 to 36 months
- 30 to 50 months
- 40 to 60 months
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