Early Years and Foundation Stage

For reception age children we use the new EYFS Framework as the basis for our planning. Read our guide for parents

The children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

 

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

In the new EYFS Framework these prime areas are considered those the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As the children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

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

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The staff teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that our staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. This forms the basic principles on how we deliver the EYFS Framework in the reception classes.