Early Years

We acknowledge the importance and value of a broad, balanced early years curriculum. Our main aim is to provide a safe, yet stimulating environment in which early years children, both in Nursery and Reception, can further develop their social and learning skills based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).

The EYFS enables early years’ providers to reflect the rich and personalised experience that many parents give their children at home. All of our activities must link to the EYFS framework and complement those provided in other settings. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years’ providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good progress through school and life.

The EYFS seeks to provide:

  • Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
  • A secure foundation through development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
  • Partnership working between practitioners and with parents and carers
  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

 Overarching principles:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers; and
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Your child will be doing a wide range of activities during the day based around the 7 areas of learning and development and the educational programmes in Early Years Foundation Stage.

The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development;

Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

Some of these activities will be new to the children but many will be familiar, developing and building on skills from Nursery. This will develop their confidence about school. Further information about the EYFS can be found on the DfE website www.foundationyears.org.uk.

We use the Jolly Phonics, Letters and Sounds and Phonics Bug programmes to help children learn letters and sounds essential for their reading and writing. We will send a ‘sound’ book home each day, to enable you to support their learning at home, as well as a booklet ‘Helping your child to read.’ Your child will also bring books and word games home. Please sign and comment in the ‘reading diary’, which accompanies the book/game

We recognise when children come to school they have varied experiences and are at different stages in their development. Where appropriate children will be given the opportunity to start early on levels of National Curriculum Programmes of Study.


Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

In order to establish the child’s stage of development, foundation stage profiling collects evidence of attainment across all Early Learning Goals throughout the year. At the end of Reception this is used to establish targets for future learning.