The EYFS is a government framework for professionals working with children from birth - 5 years. It sets out areas of children's development that matter most and gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality care and education. It also focuses on children's safety and well-being as well as the vital role of parents in their child's learning and development. Children learn new skills and acquire knowledge in 7 areas of learning and development. Children should first develop in the 3 Prime areas - Personal, Social and Emotional, Communication and Language and Physical. As children grow the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Children in the EYFS learn by being active, through creative and critical thinking and by playing and exploring which takes place both indoors and outdoors.