Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

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‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’ (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on four principles:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Developing


Areas of Learning

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development of which three are “prime areas,” and four “specific areas.”  The prime areas are

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

The specific areas are

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world and
  • Expressive arts and design

“Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity.  Play is used as an essential part of children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. There is an on-going judgement to be made by practitioners about the balance between activities led by children, and activities led or guided by adults. Practitioners must respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. As children grow older, and as their development allows, it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1.”  (Statutory Framework for EYFS 2012)


Class Organisation

At Sedbergh Primary our Foundation Stage is made up of an individual nursery and Reception class that work together at least once a term for special events e.g. concerts, theme days, sports day.  Children are admitted into the Nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday for 5 mornings per week.  Children are admitted into Reception in the September after their 4th birthday and become full time by the October half term.


The classroom is situated at the front of the school with a designated entrance and corridor to enter our setting.  We are able to provide places for a class size of 26 children with a full time teacher and teaching assistant.


The classroom is situated at the back of the building and shares an entrance with Key Stage 1.  We are able to provide places for a class size of 30 children with a full time teacher and teaching assistants.



From Nursery Class to Reception Class

Over the school year Nursery children are involved with many events throughout school and are often with Reception in joint events.  This allows them to become familiar with the staff, classroom and routines in Reception and throughout the school.

During the summer term prior to a child’s entry into the Reception year, the following procedures have been put into place to ensure successful transition.

  • Parents are invited to a meeting to ensure they know about school procedures and allocation of classes and any concerns they may want to express.
  • During the summer term Reception staff will take a Nursery session to become more familiar with children’s abilities and interests.
  • The children will visit the Reception class to have a session with the teacher and TA and to familiarise themselves with routines. The number of visits will depend on the child’s needs and how much information gathering is required in order to support the child’s transition.
  • Children requiring extra support will have additional visits regardless of their setting.


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Early Years Policy 2016