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What to expect in the Early years Foundation Stage

A parents guide to the early years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for children from birth to 5 years old.


Communication and Language

Parent advice


3 Months old

6 Months old

12 Months old

18 Months Old

2 Years old

2 and a half years old

3 years old

4 years old


Physical Development

Birth to 6 Months old

6- 12 Months old

12-18 Months old

18 Months - 2 Years old

2 -3 Years old

3-4 Years old


Social and Emotional Development

Birth- 6 Months old

6- 12 Months old

12-18 Months old

18 Months - 2 Years old

2-3 Years Old

3-4 Years Old


Activities you can do at home

Hungry Little Minds Website - Simple, fun activities for children from newborn to 5 Years old


50 Things to Do Before You're Five -  

An exciting project has come to East Sussex called ‘50 Things to do before you’re 5’, which is a bucket list of fun and educational activities for families to do across East Sussex – all low-cost or no cost! The objective being to help solve the problem of children reaching their first school experience with low literacy levels, language skills, or just a lack of life experiences (see below Related Resources for more information).

The app is FREE to download and can be found on our website or in your app store (search ‘50 Things to do’ and select East Sussex)


Tiny happy people

BBC website  to help you develop your child's language skills. Explore our simple activities and play ideas and find out about babies and toddlers' amazing early development.


Words for life

Ideas and activities to help support language development from birth - 12 years. Activities are broken into age ranges as well as seasonal activities and general advice for parents.




There are also activities and ideas on the Tapestry web page under the activities tab and we also post a collection of ideas relating to our focused books on Tapestry at the beginning of each term.