Early years curriculum frameworks

UK early years curricula


The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework applies in England for early years provision for children from birth to 5. Read more


The pre-birth to 3 age range is covered by Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families

Children from 3 to 6 are covered by the Curriculum for Excellence

Realising the Ambition: Being Me is the national practice guidance for early years in Scotland, and Early Years Scotland provides a useful list of other resources.


The Curriculum for Wales includes:

Northern Ireland

Preschool settings are covered by the Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education

Children aged 4-6 in schools are covered by the Foundation Stage curriculum

Early years curricula outside the UK

Belonging, being and becoming, Australia

Te Whariki early childhood curriculum, New Zealand

A framework for a kindergarten curriculum in Singapore, Singapore

Further reading

Cultural capital

This article by Early Education Associate Anni McTavish explores the term “cultural capital”, and what it might mean for early years practitioners and their settings.

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