1.1 An explanation of each of the areas of learning and development and how these are interdependent

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1.1 An Explanation of each of the areas of learning and how these are interdependent.
The EYFS sets the standards for children when they are aged 0-5. It sets out learning and development requirements, assessments and the safeguarding and welfare requirements. All schools, child minders, preschools and nurseries must follow the EYFS as it is a statutory document. There are two areas of learning that children are expected to come across, these are the Prime and Specific. Each area is built up of different aspects, which altogether make up the 17 Early Learning Goals. The EYFS also has characteristics that help practitioners understand how the children are learning and what they need to provide to help children progress further.
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Understanding the World – this area is split into three aspects. ‘People and communities’, is the first one and this means that children can talk about their own lives and are sensitive towards others if they don’t enjoy the same thing. The second one is ‘the world’, this means that children must know about similarities and differences. They must also know why some things must change and make observations of plants and animals.
Expressive Art and Design - This area is split into two different aspects. These are ‘exploring and using media materials’, which means that children should be safely be able to use different tools, materials and techniques. ‘Being imaginative’ means that children are able to tell their own ideas and feelings through design and technology.

1.3 An explanation of how the documented outcomes are assessed and recorded.
Children are constantly being assessed and recorded, this is called a formative assessment, it is so practitioners can keep making plans for a child’s ‘next steps’ and so they can continue to make progress. Assessments also identify any sign of weaknesses or delay. Important information is gathered from different assessments and from parents to provide a holistic picture of children. They are observed through a variety of different ways such as:
Photographs; practitioners use photographs because it

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