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.

Your child’s move from Nursery to Reception is an important transition, and at Warren Mead Infant School we want to ensure it is a successful one. Starting school can be a daunting experience for parents and children and a positive transition means children settle quickly into school life and are happy, confident and ready to learn.  Our experienced staff support this process by:

  • an induction programme for children and parents which includes New Parents Meetings and visits to the school prior to the September start
  • communicating with, and visiting, the pre-school your child is already attending
  • a home visit after the Summer holiday, your child has their first day in school
  • a Curriculum meeting in September after before your child has started school, to give more information on provision and how children learn

We use the 2017 Revised Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to guide our provision in Reception. This sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children develop a broad range of knowledge and skills. These will provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.  Play and first-hand experiences are an integral part of the Reception curriculum we offer.

There are seven areas of learning and development that 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

Assessment plays an important part within Early Years. It helps us to understand children’s needs, recognise their progress, and plan activities to develop their learning further. There is a range of assessment tools that are used at various stages of a child’s journey through Reception. These ensure transitions and learning are regularly monitored and supported. Once your child joins us, information is gathered on their starting point. This is done through interactions with the parents, ‘all about me’ documents and on- entry assessment.  Effective on- entry assessment provides information on the 17 aspects of the EYFS to give a holistic view of a child’s development.  Your child will not be aware that these are being carried out, as information is gleaned through observation of the children in different contexts, and as they engage in carefully planned activities.

Each child's progress and development is reported to the Department for Education at the end of their Reception year against set Early Learning Goals in the first 12 out of the above 17 areas. If your child meets the expected level against each of these Early Learning Goals, they achieve a ‘Good Level of Development’.  As the Reception Year is the end of the EYFS, an additional parent consultation takes place at the end of the year to discuss whether your child is Emerging, Expected or Exceeding against each Early Learning Goal and to talk about how they can be supported in the next stage of their learning journey.

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