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EYFS Expressive Arts and Design


The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, September 2021 sets out the seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Early Learning Goals (ELG)

The level of progress children should be expected to have attained by the end of their EYFS reception year is defined by the early learning goals, or ELGs.

Expressive Arts and Design

The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity.

It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.

The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.

The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.