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What is the EYFS?


The period of education from ages 2 to 5 is known as the Foundation Stage and we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.


There are four themes that underpin this curriculum:

  • Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environment
  • Learning and Development


Within this curriculum there are three Prime Areas of Learning:

  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language


There are also four Specific Areas of Learning:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


EYFS Vision


Our Early Years staff have worked together to develop a shared vision for the whole Foundation Stage, right from our 2 year olds to the end of Reception. Staff and children all work together to ensure that children are:

  • Happy, secure and safe
  • Independent, self-assured risk takers
  • Confident, ready and resilient
  • Excited and motivated to learn
  • Socially strong and able to form positive relationships.


To read our vision in full, please click below:



You may find this document useful in helping you to understand the developmental milestones children should be achieving

Our Top 3


The school Golden Rules are based on readiness, resilience and respect which starts in EYFS


We get children READY through offering a safe and stimulating environment, modelling play, providing speaking and listening activities by experienced practitioners, who ensure communication skills are improved and extended throughout EYFS.  We provide a range of activities across all areas of the curriculum to ensure children are confident to work independently and as part of a group with support from various adults.


We prepare children to be RESILIENT through challenging them in a supportive capacity, our children are not afraid to make mistakes and they are curious, taking on independence in their learning through trial and error. The children’s ideas are listened to, explored and we offer support to complete their ideas.


We are RESPECTFUL by following the school strapline on ‘Everyone Different, Everyone Loved.’  Our EYFS is Inclusive to all SEND needs and all children are taught to respect everyone. MHWB is high priority and we embed the zones of regulation across EYFS.  We support children in making sense of the world by offering a broad and ambitious curriculum, tailoring it to children’s interests an needs.  All Adults adapt their practise to meet the child’s learning style.



Our Curriculum


Our creative curriculum gives your child the opportunity to learn through a play based curriculum, both indoors and outdoors, with a focus on all of the above areas. Play is vital to the development of the whole child and lays the foundations for future learning.


We follow the Early Years Curriculum but our activities are led by the children and their interests, leading to an enquiry based approach that develops children's vocabulary and social interactions.


If you would like to know more about learning in the Early Years and how you can help your child, please talk to your child's class teacher or look at these links:

Everyone Different, Everyone Loved