The Characteristics of Effective Learning

The unique child reaches out to relate to others and things through the characteristics of effective learning which move through all the areas of learning, through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.


Within the Early Years foundation stage there are seven areas of learning these support practitioners to monitor children’s progress and for practitioners to support children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need for: 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
•  Making Relationships
•  Self-Confidence and Self Awareness
•  Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Physical Development:
•  Moving and Handling
•  Health and Self-care 

Communication and Language:
•  Listening and Attention
•  Understanding
•  Speaking 

•  Reading
•  Writing 

•  Numbers
•  Shape, spaces and Measures 

Understanding the World:
•  People and Communities
•  The World
•  Technology 

Expressive Arts and Design:
•  Exploring and Using Media and Materials
•  Being Imaginative