The Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage

The Statutory Framework for The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides the guidance and requirements supporting the learning and development of children in our care. The Framework describes the stages for the development of children (from birth to 5 years of age) and how children’s health, well-being and safety are our priority within an environment that provides opportunities to allow them to reach their true potential.

The EYFS is made up of Three Prime Areas of Learning which are:

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

and Four Specific Areas of Learning which are:

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

The Prime Areas of Learning cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundation for children’s school readiness and future progress. These, along with the Specific Areas, provide a holistic approach to learning.

All areas of learning and development are important and are inter-connected.


Teaching & Learning

Our approach to teaching and learning will give your child an established start to their education at this crucial stage. In Early Years we begin to lay a firm foundation to each child’s development and future learning with a wide curriculum encompassing not only literacy and numeracy skills but a range of other subject areas, including music and sports.

We have an excellent key person to child ratios which means we can focus on teaching within small groups, with clearly differentiated work, to ensure your child is taught at the correct pace for their own ability.


Outdoor learning

In addition to laying the foundations for future academic achievement, Early Years education is also crucial in developing a range of skills including problem-solving abilities, creativity and physical skills as well as fostering a sense of well-being and discovery. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom states that these skills and more can be achieved through learning in the outdoor environment. Children enjoy our large garden, mud kitchen, play bus, trim trail, fairy circle and construction site and benefit from ready access to a variety of outdoor spaces including a great covered decking area where the natural environment is used as an ‘outdoor classroom’. 

Extra Curricular Activities

Every year we give all children the opportunity to be involved in a Christmas show, sports day, spring and autumn village walk, Harvest Festival, Christmas Carols at the village café, A nativity service at the church and a pre-school trip to a local tourist attraction.

In addition, all pre-school children are invited to attend the forest school experience at Everdon.


A Typical Day

A typical day in pre-school is action-packed with a range of activities to take part in and enjoy. We offer morning sessions which run from 9am to 12am, lunch sessions from 12am to 1pm and afternoon sessions which run from 1pm to 4pm.

8.55am – Parents and children arrive in the cloakroom, collect their key group animal from their named drawer and hang up their coats and bags

9am – The children are welcomed into the setting by their key person

  • Free flow play
  • Register
  • Free flow play inside and outside (snack is provided during this time)
  • Tidy up time

11am – Story time and structured activities

12pm – Lunch session (all children must bring a packed lunch)

1pm – Afternoon session begins

  • Free flow play inside and outside (snack is provided during this time)
  • Story time and singing

4pm – Hometime

From September 2019 we will be running the following:

Breakfast Club – 8am-9am

After Preschool Club – 4pm-6pm