Putting the principles into your practice

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By Jane Colerecently retired Foundation Stage regional adviser and is currently an early childhood consultant.

Following on from our introductory series to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Jane Cole takes us through the Principles into Practice cards in greater detail


This is the first in a series of features that takes an in-depth look at the EYFS materials to help you, as an early years practitioner, wherever you work and whatever your current knowledge and experience, plan the care and learning that is right for every child at each stage of their development.

The forthcoming features will look specifically at one of the Principles into Practice guidance cards and give practical examples of how settings have found solutions to some of the challenges and dilemmas so that all the children make good progress.

Continually improving

As early years practitioners, we are all striving hard to meet the needs of the children and families we work with. The EYFS framework materials can help us to improve our own professional knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as supporting team work to ensure our setting offers all of the children the best start in life. We are ‘reflective’ practitioners – thinking about what we are offering children and discussing with parents and other professionals, so that we can all support the progress of the children, identify any difficulties and ensure that no child gets left behind.

The EYFS materials

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