EYFS - Prime Areas

The prime areas are fundamental throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage, particularly for those children aged 0-2.

"The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas"

Development Matters

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

- Making relationships 

- Self-confidence and self-awareness

 

-Managing feelings and behaviour

Here are some examples of what this look like in practise...

 

- Playing games and turn taking

- Learning to wait for things

- Understanding yes, no and some boundaries

 

- Choosing activities and resources with some encouragement 

 

- Asking grown ups for help

 

- Enjoying carrying out small tasks 

-Trying to help others when they're upset.

Communication

and Language 

- Listening and attention

- Understanding

- Speaking

Here are some examples of what this look like in practise...

 

- Listening to and enjoying rhymes and songs 

- Recognising and responding to familiar sounds, like the doorbell ringing

 

- Joining in with repeated refrains in stories 

- Following simple instructions

 

- Copying familiar expressions 

 

- Using simple sentences

 

-Selecting objects by name and will go and find things when asked 

Physical Development 

- Moving and handling

 

- Health and self-care 

Here are some examples of what this look like in practise...

 

- Drinking well without spilling 

- Communicating the need to go to the potty or the toilet 

- Picking up objects between thumb and fingers

 

-Balancing blocks to make a small tower

- Kicking a large ball

 

-Turning pages in a book, sometimes several at once

-Beginning to recognise danger and seeking help from a familiar adult