The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standard for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years.
While the statutory requirement for RE does not extend to children under compulsory school age, it can form a valuable part of the educational experience of children in the EYFS. The principles and practice of EYFS offer good opportunities for RE.
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In order to support practitioners in recognising where to include religious education in the EYFS curriculum, these resources have been written in the style of the national EYFS materials. Material has been taken directly from Development Matters to clarify the place of religious education.
EYFS areas for inclusion in RE
How Reception RE can provide a foundation for KS1.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development opportunities through the areas of Learning and Development.
EYFS themes and activities
How the areas for inclusion in RE can be explored through provision and good practice.
EYFS web resources
Early Years Foundation Stage external web resources.
RE in the EYFS classroom
Harnessing the curiosity of four and five year-olds.
Principles into practice
The national EYFS Principles in Practice cards, adapted for RE.
National EYFS documents
Downloadable PDF documents from the national EYFS programme of teaching and learning.
Real-life examples of good classroom practice in EYFS RE.