The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) can help practitioners to meet the requirements of the EYFS:
The scales focus on the ‘learning environment’ in its broadest sense. Threaded throughout the scales are three over-arching aspects of quality needed for children’s development:
- Protection of health, safety and basic needs
- Positive relationships
- Opportunities for stimulation & active learning
These are the same principles underlying the Early Years Foundation Stage: the EYFS and the Environment Rating Scales are based on the same international research evidence on child development and how it can best be promoted.