EYFS Framework

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The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of all children from birth to five years old. The Early Years Foundation Stage is used to inform the planning of the department’s curriculum. Our staff assess each child’s progress which helps them to create the best learning foundation and ensures that every child is given the broadest range of high-quality play experiences. The development of each child within the department is recorded in a learning journal which records milestones, and wow moments.  This learning journey is currently recorded on Seesaw.

The EYFS is divided into seven areas of learning and development, all are important and inter-connected.

The areas of learning are:

Prime Areas

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

 Specific Areas

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

 Our curriculum is based on the four themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage of learning. They are:

  • A unique child. We believe all children are unique, special and talented.
  • Positive Relationships. We believe children learn best when they feel supported and encouraged.
  • Enabling Environments. We believe in strong partnerships between home and school. We aim to create a learning environment where all children's experiences are valued and nurtured.
  • Learning and Development. We believe children learn and develop in different ways.

 At the end of your child’s reception school year, the school will complete the EYFS profile for your child-you will be involved in this process.  This assessment is against a set of EYFS Goals in the 7 areas.  While progressing towards these Goals, the school will baseline and assess their progress using the ‘Development Matters’ guidance.  This guidance provides a set of developmental age/stage bands for each of the 7 areas.  A more detailed overview can be found in the KS1/EYFS section of the website (See sub menu for KS1/EYFS EYFSP &DM).

Additionally, we endeavour to offer the children a range of trips and outings to enhance their opportunities outside of the classroom. While trips have been on hold due to COVID-19, it is hoped once restrictions are lifted and/or robust risk assessments can be put in place, then visits can begin again. These visits normally include fortnightly visits to the donkey riding sanctuary, theatre productions and topic related visits e.g. Sealife Centre, local shops, farms and the zoo.

We have excellent links with local schools and settings and work closely with other professionals, ensuring that each child experiences a smooth transition with the support they require.