Elder Class - Early Years Foundation Stage

Elder Class – Early Years Foundation Stage


This year we have 27 children in our EYFS class. 16 Reception children and 11 Nursery children. We have two teachers; Miss Healey who works on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; and Mrs Jones who works on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Mrs Bowman, Mrs White and Mrs Hall are our wonderful Teaching Assistants.

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

‘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)

Development Matters in the EYFS


Class Organisation

At Sedbergh Primary our Foundation Stage is made up of one EYFS class that works together as a unit.  Nursery aged children are admitted in the September after their 3rd birthday.  Reception aged children are admitted in the September after their 4th birthday and become full time by the October half term.

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 two teaching assistants.

Early Years Policy 2016

EYFS Curriculum Map