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The adoption of the UK's International EYFS framework in South Africa and its advantages

Updated: Jan 4

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework has been adopted in South Africa as part of the National Curriculum Framework for Children from Birth to Four Years. This comprehensive framework provides a set of learning goals and outcomes for young children in South Africa and offers guidance on how to achieve these goals.


One of the key advantages of the EYFS framework is its child-centered approach to early childhood education. This approach recognises that each child is unique and has their own interests and abilities. The framework is designed to support the individual needs of each child, allowing them to learn and develop at their own pace.


The EYFS framework is also known for its emphasis on play-based learning. This approach is particularly effective in early childhood education, as it provides a fun and engaging way for young children to learn. Play-based learning has been shown to support children's cognitive, social, and emotional development, as well as their physical skills.


In addition to its child-centered and play-based approach, the EYFS framework in South Africa also includes a range of assessment and evaluation tools. These tools help teachers to monitor children's progress and identify areas where further support may be needed. This allows teachers to provide targeted support to each child, ensuring that they are able to reach their full potential.


There are several schools in South Africa that have adopted the EYFS framework as part of their early childhood education programs. One example is Little Ashford, a group of preschools with locations in Johannesburg and Pretoria.


Little Ashford has implemented the EYFS framework in their curriculum, which is designed to support children's learning and development across all areas of development, including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. The curriculum is based on the principles of play-based learning and encourages children to explore, experiment, and problem-solve in a safe and supportive environment.

In addition to its play-based approach, Little Ashford also uses a range of assessment tools to monitor children's progress and identify areas where further support may be needed. This allows teachers to provide targeted support to each child, ensuring that they are able to reach their full potential.


Another example of a school using the EYFS framework in South Africa is the Crawford International Schools group. The group has implemented the framework in their preschools, which are located in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Sandton.


The Crawford International Schools' preschool curriculum is designed to support children's learning and development through play-based learning, active exploration, and social interaction. The curriculum covers all areas of development, including language and literacy, mathematics, and creative arts, and is aligned with the learning goals and outcomes set out in the EYFS framework.


Other schools in South Africa that have reportedly adopted the EYFS framework include the Little Learners Montessori School in Johannesburg and the Oak House School in Cape Town.


Overall, the adoption of the EYFS framework in South Africa has allowed many schools to provide high-quality early childhood education programs that support children's learning and development across all areas. The framework's emphasis on play-based learning, individualised support, and comprehensive assessment tools make it a valuable tool for early childhood educators in South Africa and around the world.


Supporting References:

  1. "The Benefits of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework" by the National Day Nurseries Association

  2. "The EYFS Framework in South Africa: A Critical Analysis" by the South African Journal of Childhood Education

  3. "Implementing the EYFS Framework in South Africa: Opportunities and Challenges" by the University of Pretoria

  4. "The Role of Play-Based Learning in Early Childhood Education" by the Early Childhood Education Journal

  5. "Assessment in Early Childhood Education" by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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