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Foundation Phase

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A 3-year independent evaluation of the Foundation Phase.
We intend to provide 30 hours a week of free early education and childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Wales, for 48 weeks of the year.
The main aim of the pilot scheme was to explore ways of increasing flexibility in the provision of the Foundation Phase.
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The statutory curriculum for all 3 to 7 year olds in Wales, in both maintained and non-maintained settings.

It encourages children to be creative, imaginative and makes learning more enjoyable and more effective.

Children will be given opportunities to explore the world around them and understand how things work by taking part in practical activities relevant to their developmental stage. They will be challenged through practical activities and develop their thinking with open-ended questions. Children will be encouraged to explore concepts and share ideas for solving problems.

The Foundation Phase has 7 areas of learning which are delivered through practical activities and active learning experiences both indoors and outdoors. The areas of learning are:

  • personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity
  • language, literacy and communication skills
  • mathematical development
  • Welsh language development
  • knowledge and understanding of the world
  • physical development
  • creative development.

Practitioner guidance

Guidance and training materials (external link) to help deliver the Foundation Phase are available on Learning Wales.