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Part 1: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them.

Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment

Paragraphs 3.54 to 3.66 of the guidance set out the requirements around the "Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment."

All of the requirements within the paragraphs above must be met.

Please note under Paragraph 3.57 where the government stipulate the area requirements for childcare space that this means the "usable" area. Your calculations should be based on the net or useable areas of the rooms used by the children and should not include storage areas, thoroughfares including areas where door swings intrude into the space, dedicated staff areas, cloakrooms, utility rooms, kitchens and toilets. As a rule of thumb, we subtract 10% from areas for the above but there are cases when this could be more. Once you subtract the un-usable areas from the overall internal space you are looking to use as childcare areas, you can then use the calculations within the EYFS paragraph to work out the maximum number of children you will be allowed. We have a Premises Advisor working within our team who will be able to assist you with this.

Read Part 2: Managing Health and Safety in Childcare Provisions →

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Monday, 6 June, 2016
Last updated: 6 June 2016 by Barry Fong