Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years

Learning Environment

A high-quality EYFS learning environment involves both the people and the space in which children can develop. The environment must offer children opportunities to explore and learn with the support of sensitive, knowledgeable adults. The environment must reflect the different ways that children learn and provide children with open-ended opportunities to foster positive Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Children require space, indoors and outdoors, where they can be active or quiet and engage in sensory exploration with natural and manufactured resources. Resources should be freely available, well-organised, regularly refreshed and accessible to children to facilitate independent choices.

Top Tips
  • A high-quality learning environment must offer children a flexible space which is appropriate for their age and stage of development.
  • The provision must have depth and breadth, fulfilling the learning and development requirements of the EYFS.
  • The environment must be adaptable to ensure each child receives a personal learning journey which is based on their own individual interests and experiences.
  • The structure of the session must be designed to allow children to make choices and engage in continuous periods of uninterrupted play.
  • Children will learn best through leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults; they build their confidence through exploration, thinking about problems and relating to others. Is your environment set up to promote and facilitate the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Was this page helpful?

Very poor
Neither good nor poor
Very good