Year R Summer Learning

Development Matters

Development Matters is very important. It is used as part of our daily observations, assessment and planning. It is sometimes used during the EYFS

(Early Years Foundation Stage) as a guide to making best-fit summative judgements, with parents and colleagues across agencies, about whether a child is showing typical development, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. The age/stage bands are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development. When you look at the statements within the Development Matters it is important to remember that babies and young children develop at their own rates and in their own ways. The development statements and their order are not necessary steps for every child and should not be used as checklists.

This guidance shows how the four themes of the EYFS Framework and the principles that inform them work together to support babies and children. The Unique Child develops and learns through interaction in Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments.  It illustrates how the Characteristics of Effective Early Learning may be supported and extended by adults as well as how they underpin the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development.

Click on the link below to download a copy of Development Matters.

Here is your Summer learning based on Development Matters

Click on an image to see lots of fun activities. Each image shows a different, important area of Development Matters.




Shape, space & measure

Understanding the world

Expressive Art & Design

Communication &



Moving & Handling

Health & Self care

Personal, Social & Emotional


These activities are not compulsory.

However, they are a great way to

prepare your child for their Year R journey.

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