EYFS Policy

There is a Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.

This framework is mandatory for all early year’s providers in England (from 3rd April 2017) which includes all maintained schools and on the early years register.



Within Early Years we value every child.  For those within the Early Year’s age group we ensure that each child can access learning at their own developmental level. Some children referred require their learning to be delivered at a developmental level which is lower than their chronological age. Therefore, access to an appropriate curriculum will be carefully planned for and offered in an inspiring and stimulating way to promote curiosity, fun and interest in learning and to encourage lifelong learning.

We provide a curriculum built around children’s needs to promote personal, social, intellectual, spiritual, physical and creative learning.

The environment is safe, secure and designed to encourage children to make friendships, build trusting relationships, independence, confidence, cooperation and learning.

Foundation Stage Profile and Development Matters enhance early year’s values and so underpin the curriculum offer. Children’s learning is based around the 7 areas of effective learning Communication and language development  ,Physical development, Personal, social, and emotional development, Literacy development,. Mathematics, Understanding the world. Expressive arts and design.

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in it’s own right and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”

“Early Years Foundation Stage Profile”

Department for Children, Schools and Families 2012




We believe in:

A unique child:

We recognise that every child is a competent learner, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We recognise that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use praise and encouragement as well as celebration and rewards to encourage and develop a positive attitude to learning.

Every child is unique and one who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. They will learn within an environment where positive relationships are highly valued. There will be an enabling environment with strong partnerships and acknowledgement with a firm understanding that children learn in different ways and rates.

You can read our full EYFS Policy by downloading the PDF below:

  EYFS Policy – PDF


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