Early Years Foundation Stage

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

• communication and language;

• physical development; and

• personal, social and emotional development

In addition we also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

• literacy;

• mathematics;

• understanding the world; and

• expressive arts and design.

 Play is an integral part of the Reception curriculum we offer.


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